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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Rosen elected to Union presidency ■ A new Executive Board
was voted into office by the student body last Thursday. By ANDREW WINGENS JUSTICE EDITOR
The student body elected Executive Senator Ricky Rosen ’14 to be the Union’s next president last week. Rosen defeated challengers Student Union Treasurer David Clements ’14 and Charles River/567 Senator Daniel Schwab ’14, who received 30 percent and 18 percent of the vote respectively. Rosen won with 635 votes, coming in at 41 percent of voters. “I am privileged that the student body has placed its trust in me to represent them. But at the end of the day, it’s not about me or the other newlyelected officials—it is about the 3600 students that we represent, and we cannot lose sight of that next year,” wrote President-Elect Rosen in an email to the Justice. Rosen wrote that he plans to transform the way that the Union communicates with students. In addition, he has already begun to communicate with administration and next year’s E-Board members. “I intend to spend the next two weeks meeting with administrators and newly-elected Union members to make sure they know what to expect from me and what I
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CHECKPOINT: The Brandeis Police stopped vehicles and pedestrians prior to entering campus last Friday during the lockdown.
Suspect in custody after a city-wide lockdown ■ The greater Boston area
By TATE HERBERT
and Waltham shut down last Friday while police set out on a manhunt for one of the suspects of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.
A mere two hours after Gov. Deval Patrick declared the lengthy “stay in place” lockdown over, allowing Bostonians to go back to their usual business, state and local police announced that Tsarnaev was taken alive. The suspect was brought out of a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass.
A day of anxious waiting in lockdown at Brandeis came to an end Friday evening as police captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
expect from them,” he wrote. Senator at Large Charlotte Franco ’15 was elected Student Union vice president with 35 percent of the vote. “Winning this election means a lot to me,” said Franco in an interview with the Justice “I’ve put in a lot of work over the past two years to get to this point, and it is very humbling to know that the student body believes in me to fill this position.” Franco said she plans on meeting with Rosen to establish “a structure for how the next year is going to go,” and decide “what our main initiatives will be, and how we plan on delegating them and bringing them to fruition.” She also said she would meet with current and future Executive Board members as well as senators to share ideas and perspectives. “I can’t wait until next year,” said Franco. “I am confident that myself, the rest of the newly elected E-Board and soon to be elected Senate will continue to uphold the Brandeis mission and strengthen the union so that we are able to serve the student body to the best of our abilities.” Class of 2015 Senator Sneha Walia won the position of secretary with 47 percent of the vote. “I’m really excited, very happy,” said Walia in an interview with the Justice. “A lot of hard work paid off, and I’m really excited. I know I’m go-
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BRIEF Administration reaches final stages of food company selection process As Brandeis' current contract with Aramark comes to an end, the University is in the final stages of selecting a food service provider. The selection has been narrowed down to two companies after examining factors such as food quality, cost and meal plans offered. According to Senior Vice President of Administration Mark Collins, the University will be solidifying its decision regarding which offers to take within the next few weeks. “We’re interviewing companies right now, we’ve reviewed the financial packages, and we have two contractors that we’re talking with right
now,” Collins said in an interview with the Justice. Collins declined to comment on the names of the companies that are still in the running. Collins explained that originally, the University had been looking at four food service companies. However, one company decided to back out, leaving only three companies in contention. According to a Dec. 4 article in the Justice, Requests for Proposals were to be sent out to Aramark, Sodexo and Chartwells, among other potential food service companies. The University is looking at new options and is taking potential
changes that would increase options into account during the selection process. “One of the things that we’re looking at is all-you-can-eat sort of facilities and how we would adapt Usdan [Cafe] to be able to provide that service as well,” Collins said. According to Collins, the University wants to expand student dining options on campus. “I think that the goal is to try and maximize student dollars, ... if you will, minimizing the number of meals they may want and maximizing the opportunities for them to spend dollars in the way they choose to,” he said.
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Amanda Winn ’13 celebrates Holi, the festival of colors, throwing colored powder with fellow students. The celebration took place last Sunday on Chapels Field.
Students teamed up and walked to raise money for cancer-curing research.
The baseball team ended its week in mixed fashion after tough defeats.
Three amendment proposals went to the student body for a vote.
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Pervez Musharraf arraigned in court
ISLAMABAD—Pervez Musharraf, the 69-year-old former president of Pakistan, surrendered to authorities Friday and was arraigned before a local magistrate on a range of charges that could send him to prison for years. He was the first of the country’s four former military dictators to appear before a civilian court. The arrest was celebrated by mainstream politicians, many of whom had been detained, tortured and jailed or exiled by Musharraf, who had been a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism before he was forced from office in 2008. The Pakistani Senate unanimously adopted a resolution calling for Musharraf to be tried on charges of treason for overthrowing an elected government in October 1999. The court should treat the former army chief no differently from any other citizen, the Senate demanded. “We are all equal and should all be treated equally,” said Senate leader Raza Rabbani, who is a member of the Pakistan People’s Party of Asif Ali Zardari, the country’s president. But Musharraf was not treated like any defendant. He awoke in his own bed in his farmhouse outside Islamabad, bathed and shaved, ate breakfast and then let the authorities know that he was ready to surrender, a day after he had fled a court to avoid arrest after a judge refused to extend his bail. He also was not sent to a local police station for 14 days, as would have been the case with most defendants. Instead, the police, pleading threats on his life, requested that Musharraf be detained at his farmhouse over the weekend, and the court agreed, giving the former dictator until Sunday to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, not far from the headquarters of the military. There was much skepticism here that Musharraf will be tried in connection with any of the range of offenses with which he is charged, which now include violating anti-terrorism laws. Convictions on such charges often carry jail sentences calculated in multiples of seven years, chain gang-style hard labor and even death by hanging. Many suspect that the military, which has governed Pakistan for most of its 65-year existence, would not permit civilian interference in its affairs, however. The most serious charges stem from Musharraf’s 1999 overthrow of the government led by Nawaz Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League-N party is widely forecast to win the most seats in the general election next month. Pakistan’s Supreme Court has told the caretaker government overseeing the elections that it has till Monday to initiate treason proceedings against Musharraf; if it does not, the court will do so itself. If Musharraf is tried and convicted, he might face the death penalty. Such criminal charges might well implicate generals who’d followed the former military ruler’s orders, including Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the army chief of staff, who was the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency from 2004 to 2007. The Supreme Court has shown no interest in deferring to the military. After Musharraf’s arrest Friday, it announced that it would make public the findings of a recently concluded judicial inquiry into a deadly July 2007 commando raid on a militant-occupied seminary in Islamabad. The implication is that Musharraf might be held responsible for the deaths of dozens of noncombatants. Since Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after four years in exile, he has denied any responsibility for the operation, claiming that it was ordered by the then prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, a contention that many call incredible given that Aziz, a former Citibank executive, was a Musharraf protege and powerless in matters of national security. Despite such obvious chinks in Musharraf’s legal armor, analysts fear that the judiciary’s pursuit of its former persecutor may spark an angry reaction from the military and threaten Pakistan’s young democracy. If elections are held May 11 as scheduled and a new civilian government is seated, it would be the first time such a transition has occurred since the country became independent from Great Britain in 1947. “The cases are a Pandora’s box that, once opened, would be the start of a long story that would impact upon the entire army chain of command,” said Suhail Warraich, the author of two best-selling books on modern Pakistani political history. “My question is: With Pakistan undergoing a first-ever transition from one full-term democratic government to a general election, can this society afford such a divisive rupture?” —McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
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April 14—A party in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center requested BEMCo for a 20-year-old female who injured her ankle. The party was transported to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital via Cataldo ambulance for head pain and the ankle injury. April 15—A party in Hassenfeld Residence Hall stated that he experienced a traumatic brain injury over the summer and got hit in the head with a softball two hours ago. He was treated on-scene by BEMCo and refused further medical aid. April 16—A staff member reported that a female student fainted in the Shapiro Science Complex after donating blood. The student regained consciousness and was treated on-scene and refused further medical aid. April 16—A female student in Olin-Sang felt nauseous after donating blood. She was treated on-scene by BEMCo and refused further medical aid.
April 16—University Police received a report of a female student feeling dizzy in Ziv 127 after donating blood. She was treated on-scene by BEMCo and refused further medical aid. April 17—University Police received a report of an 82-year-old female party who fell down in the Shapiro Campus Center. BEMCo and Cataldo ambulance were requested to respond, and the party was transported via ambulance to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital for treatment. April 17—A male party in Bernstein-Marcus reported a finger laceration. He was treated by BEMCo and refused further medical aid. April 17—University Police received a report that a 20-year-old male fainted at the International Business School. He was treated by BEMCo and refused further medical aid. April 19—University Police received a report of a female student vomiting in Ziv 128. She was treated by BEMCo and re-
fused further medical aid. April 21—A female student in the 567 apartments reported that her earring was stuck in her ear and was bleeding and swollen. She was treated by BEMCo and then transported to the NewtonWellesley Hospital via police cruiser.
April 16—University Police received a report of a verbal dispute in the Epstein building. Police units spoke with both parties, one of whom was a Brandeis student and the other from Suffolk University. Both parties departed together on the train. There was no physical violence. University Police sent the parties on their way. April 21—A student in Ridgewood B complained of loud music. The offending party complied with the University Police request to turn down the music. April 21—A caller in the Charles River Apartments reported that people were being
loud in a room above him, which he believed was the third floor. The noise was coming from a nearby apartment; the group was dispersed without incident.
April 17—A student left his belongings in an unlocked locker in the Linsey Pool locker room. He reported that his wallet was stolen while he was swimming.
April 18—A party at the main entrance reported seeing a coyote near the main gate. University Police officers were dispatched to check on the situation, but the coyote could not be located. April 19—A student in Scheffres reported being pushed by another student. A report on the incident was composed. The student is contemplating a judicial referral. —compiled by Marielle Temkin
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An artsy afternoon The Brandeis University Chorus performs at Music Fest ’13. Held in Slosberg Music Center last Sunday, the event was free and open to the public and featured several campus performing arts groups, such as the Jazz Ensemble, Improv Collective and the Wind Ensemble.
The Senate met on Sunday to charter one club and discuss several proposed amendments to the Student Union Constitution and by-laws. Union President Todd Kirkland ’13 addressed the Senate to discuss the new Qualtrics voting system. He explained that a new system is being worked on that would integrate the polling process to the University website. Union Vice President Gloria Park ’13 announced that due to the events in Boston last week, shuttle trial runs will be taking place this week intead, with a trial to the Riverside MBTA station on Friday and a trial for extended Cambridge and Boston shuttle hours on Sunday morning. The comedy and improvisation club Work in Progress requested charter in order to bring professional actors to campus, bring back improvisation events and hold workshops that are open to all students on campus. The club was chartered with 16 in favor, no opposition and two abstentions. Kirkland proposed two by-law amendments, which the Senate passed at the meeting. The first involved requiring Counseling and Advisory Service Organizations to go through the same process as a regular club to receive funding. In addition, the amendment officially added the Queer Resource Center, Peers Education on Responsible Choices and Student Talking About Relationships as CAS organizations. The amendment was passed with 16 in favor, none opposed and two abstentions. The second by-law amendment proposed the elimination of by-laws discussing instructions for the Student Union Teaching Fellow Award and Student Union Teaching Award, among other Union-sponsored awards for faculty. The Union plans to make changes to improve this system after removing these sections. The amendment was passed with 16 in favor, none opposed and one abstention. Union Chief of Staff Jesse Manning ’13 proposed amendments to the Union Constitution that would formally define the purpose of the by-laws. The proposal received 10 signatures from the Senate, which will send the propsal to the student body for a vote.. —Marissa Ditkowsky
ANNOUNCEMENTS Community Lantern Lighting
The Community Lantern Lighting Ceremony in support of The One Fund Boston will provide an opportunity for our community to reflect upon the Boston Marathon bombings and show support for those affected by the events. With a suggested donation of $5, anyone from the Brandeis community will be invited to write messages on lanterns and place them along the wall in front of the Shapiro Campus Center. Lanterns will be available beginning at 8 p.m. with music and student performances happening until 9 p.m. The community will then proceed to light the lanterns together during a commemorative moment of silence on the Great Lawn. All proceeds will be given to The One Fund Boston. Please come support Brandeis as it stands with its hometown of Boston. Today from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Great Lawn.
Immigrant Support Services Practicum
A city where over a dozen languages are spoken at home, Waltham presents an array of opportunities and challenges for a substantial community of immigrants. Join the students in the Immigration Support Services Practicum, taught by associate director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life Marci McPhee, as they share learnings from a semester of working with organizations in Waltham supporting immigrants. Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center, Room 313.
Senior Sign Out
Senior Sign Out is a program provided for seniors to connect with departments across campus before Commencement. Seniors can pick up Commencement tickets, purchase Senior Week tickets, verify an address for your free yearbook and visit with representatives from the Alumni Association and Hiatt Career Center. Please bring your student identification
card and complete all student loan exit counseling prior to your arrival. Monday from noon to 7 p.m. in the Usdan Student Center, the International Lounge.
In this talk, Dr. Rademacher will draw from long-term ethnographic engagement with the biophysical, cultural and political dynamics of urban river degradation in Nepal’s capital city, showing how discussions of urban ecology in Kathmandu are at the center of competing political imaginaries. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Brandeis-India Initiative and the Anthropology Department. Monday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G12.
Celebreation of Service
If you were involved in service this year, this event is for you. Dress up, enjoy finger foods and the company of friends. Celebrate the work students have completed. Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Feldberg Lounge in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.
three proposed amendments; of the three, only two passed. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
From midnight to midnight on April 17, the student body had the opportunity to vote on three proposed amendments to the Student Union Constitution. The first proposal passed with 67.74 percent of voters in favor and the second proposal passed with 87.62 percent of voters in favor, but the third proposal did not pass, with only 34.04 percent of voters in favor of the amendment. The first proposal sought to eliminate the instant run-off voting system. The instant run-off system involves ranking candidates for position, while the proposed system would involve selecting only one candidate per seat. Union President Todd Kirkland ’13 said he is content with the results, which allowed the Union to implement the new voting system via Brandeis’ survey software, Qualtrics, in the first round of voting for Student Union positions on Thursday. “There is nothing wrong in theory of an instant run-off system, but the complexity added to interpreting results made it very difficult for both current and past Chief[s] of Elections to report the results with 100 [percent] accuracy,” wrote Kirkland in an email to the Justice. Controversy regarding the initial implementation of the first amendment proposal occurred last Thursday, due to the fact that Union Secretary Carlton Shakes ’14 sent the Qualtrics poll for the first round of elections for Union positions in an email to students prior to sending the results of the constitutional amendment proposal polls. The voting system sent out for the first round of elections, which included Union president, vice president and other prominent positions, did not utilize the instant run-off system. However, according to Kirkland, Shakes had certified the results of the amendment changes prior to sending out the email, allowing students to vote in the first round of elections. “I sent out the Qualtrics email after he certified the results. Meanwhile, he was drafting the email to the Student Body alerting them of the results,” wrote Kirkland. Kirkland stated that the delay in sending out the results was due to the fact that Shakes had lost Internet access and that Kirkland himself was on a flight; therefore, his wireless Internet access was inconsistent. However, questions were raised by students regarding whether or not the Union had a plan for the first round of elections if the first amendment proposal had not passed, due to the fact that BigPulse, the original software that utilized the instant run-off system, was not going to be used. “[W]e found a way to create a more manual run-off system using Qualtrics, so we did not have to bear any cost using Big Pulse,” wrote Kirkland. According to Kirkland, BigPulse costs about $2,500 per year. According to Kirkland, the Qualtrics instant run-off option would have been a more manual process, but would have been possible to send
to students. In addition, students raised questions regarding the legitimacy of the results of the first round of elections due to the change in wording of the first amendment proposal. The proposal had initially called for a majority; however, with several candidates up for each position, the wording was changed to indicate that a plurality was required to win. Majority implies that over 50 percent of students voted for one individual, while plurality implies that an individual received the largest amount of votes. “When Carlton and I presented our amendment to [the] [S]enate we described it as a plurality/simple majority system. I remember a senator pointing out that we were using inconsistent wording and we clarified saying that yes we meant plurality, not majority. We changed the wording before sending it out to the union and union media, but we attached the wrong version,” wrote Kirkland. The second proposal sought to add instructions for special elections, specifically since ties leading to special elections would be more common when eliminating the instant run-off system. The election was passed with 87.62 percent of voters in favor. The third amendment proposal was brought to the Union by Class of 2013 Senator David Fisch and the Ways and Means Committee, and sought to add requirements to run for president or vice president of the Union. The amendment would have required students running for president to have served on the Student Union for at least one year. Similarly, students would have to have served on the Executive Board, Senate or a Senate committee to run for vice president. The amendment did not pass, with only 34.04 percent of voters in favor of the amendment. Although Fisch was disappointed that the amendment did not pass, he acknowledged that it was the student body’s decision. “My one issue was that I wish I outlined how little commitment my amendment still asked people to show to run for President or VP. To run for President, all I asked for was commitment to any part of the Union,” wrote Fisch in an email to the Justice. “I think that most people think that that meant only senators or F Board/E Board could run but it meant that anyone on any committee that is under the Union could run (and there are a TON of Union committees).” On the Student Union website, 24 University committees are listed. Of the 24, about 14 have noted a limit to the number of students on those respective committees. Kirkland, however, stated he was glad the amendment had not passed. “Although it is beneficial for someone to have [U]nion experience, I do believe that there is great potential in having someone without [U]nion experience running for Student Union President or Vice President,” wrote Kirkland. A poll to collect student opinions on divestment will be included in the second round of elections from midnight to midnight on Thursday. In addition, the vote for the proposed amendment to secure the Brandeis Academic Speech and Debate Society will take place from midnight to midnight next Monday.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Amendments receive mixed results in vote ■ The student body voted on
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PARTY UP: The International Club considered the event on April 13 to be a success, after the event sold out within a few hours.
Return of Pachanga after three years goes smoothly ■ After a hiatus of almost
three years since the October 2010 event at which two arrests were made, Pachanga returned this semester. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Pachanga, a dance hosted by the International Club in Levin Ballroom, returned this semester on April 13 after a hiatus of almost three years. The event, which was traditionally held once a semester before it was suspended after the last Pachanga on Oct. 23, 2010, is now expected to remain an annual event. According to an Oct. 25, 2010 Justice article, the event resulted in the hospitalization of several students who were treated for
intoxication. Two attendees were also arrested. This year, tickets for the event, which were three dollars each, were sold out at the Shapiro Campus Center ticket booth within hours. The anticipated return of the event led a large number of students to attend. “We are very happy with the turnout of the event and would definitely call it a success,” wrote International Club President Nicole Bortnik ’13 in an email to the Justice. According to Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan in an interview with the Justice, despite rumors, no one was arrested at the event. “A student was placed in protective custody because of alcohol intoxication,” he wrote in an email to the Justice. “The student was transported to the Waltham Police station for the standard booking process and became ill and was very belligerent on campus
prior to be placed in protective custody. The student was transferred to the hospital after becoming ill at the Police station,” wrote Callahan. The Pachanga Facebook event stated that those who were visibly intoxicated would be turned away from the event, even if those students had already purchased tickets. “I do not know how many individuals were turned away. It was a ticketed event which students were aware of,” wrote Callahan. Four transports were made during the event, and security was similar to that of the 2010 event according to Callahan. Despite the lengthy line outside, as well as identification checks and metal detectors that each student had to go through upon entering the event, Callahan wrote that this year’s event was “[n]ot as difficult as the last Pachanga.”
Rosenstiel Center recognizes three scientists for optogenetic research ■ Three researchers will
formally receive the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology in October. By ILANA KRUGER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
This past Thursday, the recipients of the 2013 Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine were announced. They are Gero Miesenböck of the University of Oxford, Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University and Edward S. Boyden of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for their work in the field of optogenetics. This technology allows scientists to view and control circuits in the brain using light. The award, which was established in 1998 by the trustees of the Jacob and Louise Gabbay Foundation, is administered by the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis. The nominees are chosen by a panel of researchers from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, according to BrandeisNOW. The recipients are “scientists in academia, medicine, or industry whose work has outstanding scien-
tific content and significant practical consequences in the biomedical sciences,” according to the Rosenstiel website. Miesenböck, the Waynflete Professor of Physiology and director Miesenböck of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at the University of Oxford, has invented techniques in optogenetics research, using light to control nerve cells and observing neural circuits in flies, acBoyden cording to CNCB’s website. Deisseroth is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford. His laboratory at Stanford has developed optogenetics technologies that help control and map neural behavior in mammals, according to his laboratory’s website.
Boyden, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab and joint professor of biological engineering and of brain and cognitive sciences, leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at Deisseroth MIT. His group researches neu- ral circuits and their connection to neurobiological and psychiatric disorders, according to BrandeisNOW. Past recipients of the award include researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine, Washington State University, the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy and Harvard Medical School, for research in fields such as breast cancer treatment, assisted human reproduction and treatment for autoimmune diseases, according to the Rosenstiel website. The scientists will formally receive the award, which consists of a $15,000 cash prize, to be shared if there are multiple recipients, and a medallion at a symposium on Oct. 10. Each recipient will present his work in a lecture, followed by a formal dinner.
In Memory Too often, we let the victims of senseless violence fade from memory. We study the perpetrators, asking ourselves how anyone could carry out such incomprehensible assaults on our friends and family. But, in doing so, the names of the murderers stay with us while those who have suffered leave our collective memory. The Justice chooses to remember the four members of our Greater Boston community who lost their lives last week, the hundreds of those who were injured and the countless number whose lives are forever changed. We join Boston and the rest of the country in celebrating the police officers and first responders who faced this tragedy head-on with immeasurable strength and bravery. And we cherish the memory of the individuals who were killed in our beloved city.
The four individuals who tragically lost their lives last week:
Krystle Campbell, 29, Medford
Officer Sean Collier, 26, Somerville
Lu Lingzi, 23, Shenyang, China
Martin Richard, 8, Dorchester
Let us say a prayer for Krystle, Sean, Lu, Martin and everyone injured or affected in Boston, Cambridge, Watertown and the surrounding communities. May we forget the names of the perpetrators of these senseless acts but forever hold on to the names of the victims. For us, that is what it truly means to be Boston Strong.
TUESDAY, april 23, 2013
FEMINIST COMING OUT WEEK
Swislow explores path to feminism ■ Lee Swislow discussed the journey that led to her role as a feminist activist. By LUKE HAYSLIP JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
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FORMING A BOND: Shira Almeleh ’14 takes a stance in a feminism-themed debate sponsored by FMLA and BADASS.
Clubs pitch newfound perspectives on Bond ■ The arguments for a
female James Bond took center stage last Tuesday. By ANU SHAH JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance came together last Tuesday to present a public debate on the implications of a hypothetical female protagonist in the next James Bond movie. Hailey Magee ’15, co-president of FMLA, said that the debate was part of FMLA’s celebration of Feminist Coming Out Week, which was “meant to raise awareness about feminist issues [such as] reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights,” she said in an interview with the Justice. Magee added that the “purpose of the debate was to highlight that feminists are not a monolith, as many people think; even within the movement, there are many different approaches to achieving gender equality.” BADASS members Megan Elsayed ’13, Sarah Pizzano ’16, Mike Abrams ’15 and Shira Almeleh ’14 presented opposing arguments on the potential benefits and drawbacks of a female, or “Jane” Bond for the feminist movement as a whole. Elsayed and Pizzano represented the argument for casting a female Bond. As the opposition, Almeleh and Abrams objected to the use of a female Bond in the series. Each side presented its arguments in 10-minute speeches, alternating between sides starting with Elsayed. Audience members were then given the opportunity to present their own arguments and opinions, followed by the teams’ closing remarks. Elsayed started with the claim
that, “film as a modern media informs how we view each other, and how we view ourselves ... as such, [films] play a strong and particular role in enforcements of stereotypes in society.” Elsayed said that a female Bond, by becoming the protagonist, would throw the typical “Bond girl” trope at the wayside, instead creating a “complex and complete representation of women formerly in misogynistic space.” Elsayed added that when mainstream television and films leave out strong, independent women, a younger generation of girls grows up believing that these women don’t exist. Elsayed also stated that the Bond series was “uniquely situated” in the world because Bond is a powerful character in an action film, a role not usually written for women. For the opposition, Almeleh argued that the female Bond would subvert feminist goals by forcing the female character to either conform with masculine depictions of power, or sexualize themselves to an audience that is accustomed to such depictions of women. In addition, Almeleh warned that fitting a female Bond in the violent role of the protagonist would not “challenge traditional norms” of what it means to be sexy, but rather glorify violence for both genders. As far as the discourse that would be generated by the movie, Almeleh said it could potentially harm the feminist position by only creating a negative vision of the specific idea a hypothetical female Bond movie would seek to convey, namely destruction of the traditional male patriarchy. Lastly, Almeleh said that casting a female Bond would alienate the target population of the predominantly male fan base by “ruining the tropes of the character [they] respect so much.” Pizzano rebutted that the female Bond would be “in control of her
sexuality” and able to destroy things in a similar fashion as the male version of Bond, keeping the appeal of the film. In addition, Pizzano said that even though the discourse generated by the film might be negative, the film response would allow others to counter the negative views by pointing out sexist remarks and furthering feminist ideas. In contrast, Abrams pointed out meaningful alternatives, such as having the male version of Bond being more respectful to women, or creating a “competing spy series for women.” Abrams also pointed out that a female Bond would still be a character likely directed by men in a film produced by men, contributing to the patriarchy. Alex Weick ’15, a member of FMLA’s Executive board, stood up to speak in opposition to the female Bond, arguing that “powerful female characters should not serve to fill archetypal male roles ... and should emerge fresh from the womb, not from the discarded pile of Daniel Craig’s chest.” Elijah Cho ’15, a member of BADASS, also spoke up, pointing out flaws in both sides’ arguments by saying the female lead could own a nontraditional perception of feminism, while also recognizing that the discourse emanating from a bad female Bond movie might undermine feminism itself. The debate, which did not feature any “winners,” finished with both sides presenting final remarks on why their respective position best supported the feminist ideal. Magee later said that she “left the debate more confused and ambivalent than when [she] came in— and that’s how you know they did a great job.” Magee also said that FMLA was “happy that [they] were able to collaborate with BADASS, and definitely look forward to doing more in the future.”
This past Wednesday, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders Lee Swislow spoke to a small group of Brandeis students and faculty in the Mandel Reading Room about GLAD and her journey through feminism and activism as a part of Feminist Coming Out Week. Swislow first gave a brief background of her early life. “I was fairly conventional,” she said as she explained her decision to leave her hometown in the Chicago suburbs for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967 because of its high male to female ratio. Swislow had always viewed feminism as extreme, and only discovered feminism and activism while doing research for a class. She explained how she quickly embraced the concepts of feminism, non-violent activism and gay and lesbian rights. She described how much of the early anti-Vietnam war movement was organized and led by men. “All the anti-war chapters were led by men … and there was just lots of macho-ness going on.” During an activist meeting, one of Swislow’s friends and a leader within the feminist movement stood up and said, “This is ridiculous; this is not how we make change and this is not the society we want.” Swislow described this moment as transformative; she realized the value of non-violent solutions toward achieving peace as well as the importance of the feminist movement. She described coming out as a lesbian, another transformative event in her life affecting her activism in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer community. Wanting to do more for the community, Swislow went back to school to get her nursing degree. She worked at Boston City Hospital, now a part of Boston Medical Center. “After being there for a few years, I was the head nurse of the cancer clinic in the mid-80s and that’s when we started seeing a lot of people with AIDS, who were coming in with AIDS-related cancer. Boston City Hospital started their HIV/AIDS Clinic in 1986 and I was the first head nurse of the AIDS clinic there.” Swislow discussed the powerful nature of the gay community as they sought to prevent HIV/ AIDS transmissions, “demanding access to treatment, [and] access to clinical trials.” She noted her continual support for those who fought for compassionate use from
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when the AIDS drug AZT was shown to have beneficial results for those with HIV and AIDS. Swislow later worked as the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at the Cambridge Alliance, monitoring clinical operations and support services. She also worked as executive director and vice president of health services for the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, which operated under the authority of the Justice Resource Institute. During her time at JRI, she worked primarily with adolescents and young adults, but also provided special services. In 2005, Swislow became Executive Director of GLAD. Though Swislow has asserted herself as a proud feminist, she argued that advocacy for prominent community issues such as HIV/AIDS is more than feminism. “It’s a community issue,” she said. Swislow closed with an emphasis on community outreach programs, and asked them to get back to combatting HIV and AIDS in the general community. “I think it’s critically important that we embrace [HIV/AIDS activism]. In Massachusetts, where we’ve had good access to health care for HIV for years, and especially now that we have health care reform, new infections in Massachusetts have dropped over 70 percent. What that says is, we could dramatically reduce the number of new infections in this country if everybody had access to healthcare.” Swislow explained that the brunt of the work done by GLAD is through litigation and public education. While GLAD is limited in its lobbying abilities due to its 501 nonprofit status, it nevertheless has attempted to bring key legislation to Capitol Hill, including and introducing public accommodations into the Gender Nondiscrimination Act. GLAD was founded in 1978 in response to an aggressive sting operation by the Boston Police Department. Taking place in the Boston Public Library, the sting involved male plainclothes officers soliciting men for sex. After 103 men were arrested on charges varying from indecent exposure to “open and gross lewdness,” the gay community revolted against the increasingly anti-gay responses of law enforcement. In response, John Ward, a young attorney in Boston, created GLAD. A year later, in 1979, Ward filed Doe v. McNiff, the first case filed by GLAD, charging the library and the police force with civil rights violations, namely entrapment. While the case took nearly a decade to resolve, eventually ending in a settlement, the case nevertheless set a precedent for GLAD’s work within the LGBTQ community.
J Street U and BIPAC seek answers to a two-state problem ■ The two-state solution
once again arose as a hot topic during Israel Week. By allyson cartter JUSTICE Senior writer
As part of Israel Week, J Street U Brandeis and the Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee led a discussion last Wednesday about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and logistical aspects of a two-state solution in an event titled “Is Peace Possible?” The program was sponsored by Hillel and took place in the Mandel Center for the Humanities. Event hosts screened the first two videos in The Atlantic’s “Is Peace Possible?” special report series about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The
first outlined the logistics of a twostate solution and of a land-swap agreement between Israel and Palestine, and the second discussed Israeli security measures and concerns following the proposed agreement. The other two videos in the series, which were not screened during the event, deal with the needs of Palestinian refugees and the future of Jerusalem. Following each 14-minute video, audience members broke into four small groups, each led by a BIPAC or J Street U member, to discuss the concepts proposed by the clips. According to its website, BIPAC is a bipartisan, pro-Israel lobby that “looks to create a pro-Israel environment on the regional and national level by lobbying our Congressmen and thanking them for their continual support for the Jewish State.” J Street U, as stated on the Brandeis
chapter’s website, is pro-Israel and pro-peace, has a focus on the two-state solution and “believe[s] that because of our love and concern for Israel it is our responsibility to be critical of her actions in order to ensure her wellbeing and security.” According to an email from Jake Altholz ’15, the Israel programs coordinator for Hillel, the two groups are “largely considered on different sides of the Israeli political spectrum.” BIPAC Co-President Daniel Koas ’16 said in an interview with the Justice that one of BIPAC’s goals for the event was to reach out to and continue its working relationship with J Street U. “I think that [the event was] a success; [the] fact that these two groups that don’t always see eye-to-eye could come together for an event to discuss the challenges that Israel faces, that’s
fantastic, and that’s monumental,” Koas said. “We have … so much more in common than we really realize,” he added. J Street U President Catie Stewart ’16 said in an interview with the Justice that both diversity of opinion and a move away from a “homogenous” group discussion in which participants are “all kind of thinking the same thing and having the same thoughts” were additional goals of the program. “There are many students on campus who are passionate about Israel, and there is no better way to celebrate Israel’s independence than for the different pro-Israel groups to come together to learn about the current situation in Israel and to share their views and opinions,” wrote Koas in an email to the Justice. “Is-
rael can become such a contentious issue that at times it is important just to come together to talk.” Altholz, who played a role in planning Israel Week, wrote in an email that, “As we celebrate Israel we must also realize the time and position we are in. Our generation is the next group of leaders in the peace discussion. We must make peace a reality.” The goal of Israel Week as a whole was “to celebrate Israel, its culture and its accomplishments,” according to its Facebook event page. Other programming of the week included slam poetry with Jewish spoken word artist Andrew Lustig, an Israel-themed Shabbat dinner and a barbecue to commemorate Israel’s 65th Independence Day. The week was sponsored by Hillel, the Brandeis Zionist Alliance, BIPAC, J Street U, B’yachad and Brandeis Taglit.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
VOTING: Round two will occur on Thursday this week
REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS
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TIME TO REFLECT: The Brandeis community gathered on Chapels Field last Tuesday to remember the victims of the bombings, which killed three people and injured over 170.
LOCKDOWN: University guards campus during Boston tragedy CONTINUED FROM 1 home and subsequently taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, according to reports from Boston’s ABC affiliate, WCVB. Police had been searching for Tsarnaev for about 19 hours. Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel confirmed the news in an email to the Brandeis community. “All stay in place orders have been lifted and we are returning to a normal schedule of activities,” the email read. Flagel went on to acknowledge the efforts of campus safety staff and the students themselves. “As we return to our routines, all of us at Brandeis express our profound gratitude to [Director of Public Safety] Ed Callahan and his dedicated team of police officers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our campus remains safe and secure,” he wrote. “We are so proud of the way you are all supporting one another, and our hearts and prayers continue to be with those who were hurt.” The news of Tsarnaev’s arrest first came just before 9 p.m. Friday, following a day during which University officials cancelled activities and stepped up security on campus while local and federal forces searched the area for the probable bomber. The events of those 24 hours included a wild chase and shootout, which culminated in Watertown early Friday morning. Brandeis administrators maintained that the school was in no danger, but advised off-campus students to stay home, in keeping with the orders of local law enforcement. The Brandeis Office of Communications first alerted students to the situation in an email sent out at 2 a.m., informing readers of events but assuring them that “[t]here is no threat to the Brandeis campus at this time. All students should stay inside their residence halls and off-campus dwellings and report any suspicious activity.” Campus lockdown mode was suspended around 7:30 p.m., shortly after Patrick declared it over for the rest of
the area. Security efforts had been ramped up by the Department of Public Safety during the day, with University police stationed at the main entrance to campus. “Officers are identifying all individuals who request access to the campus. Perimeter locations are being monitored and are secure as well,” wrote Callahan in an email to the Justice. The University sent text message alerts to students early Friday morning, notifying them that Brandeis was closed for the day. Flagel later announced that classes were cancelled via email, in compliance with a request from the governor’s office. “We have not been informed of any specific threats to Brandeis or our campus,” the email read. “Our police are on alert and on-campus students should feel free to go to dining halls and elsewhere on campus. Because of area travel restrictions, off-campus students should remain in place and should not attempt to travel to campus.” Sherman Dining Hall, Usdan Student Center, Einstein Bros. Bagels, the Stein and Ollie’s remained open, following their usual Friday schedules, according to Brandeis University Dining Services’ web page. All other campus dining locations were closed. Goldfarb Library was opened at 2:30 p.m. and stayed open until 8:30 p.m., with the Farber Library available until midnight. The Waltham and Boston-Cambridge shuttles were suspended all day Friday, but resumed on Saturday, according to Flagel. The Crystal shuttle continued to operate on campus, including service to the Charles River Apartments, throughout the day. In addition to Waltham, Boston and Watertown, the communities of Newton, Belmont and Cambridge were in lockdown mode most of the day on Friday, according to boston.com. Residents of these cities were advised to stay inside and to not answer their doors for anyone other than a clearly identified member of law enforce-
ment. Patrick lifted this restriction at about 6:30 p.m. Also according to reports from boston.com, all public transportation provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was suspended until Patrick lifted the ban. The lockdown provisions left an eerily empty city. Taxi service in Boston was also forbidden for about a span of about half an hour earlier Friday afternoon. Logan Airport remained open, according to its website, but was “operating under heightened security.” Flights appeared to be arriving and departing normally. Amtrak, however, suspended its service between Boston and Providence, R.I. on Friday, according to reports from boston.com. The efforts of local law enforcement, Massachusetts State Police, the FBI, Homeland Security, SWAT and K-9 teams were focused on an area surrounding Arsenal Street in Watertown as of Friday afternoon, but moved to Franklin Street later in the night—the eventual site of Tsarnaev’s capture. The search around Arsenal Street, which involved going door to door through many neighborhoods, took place about six miles from the Brandeis campus. The FBI identified the suspects early on in the process as Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, both of Cambridge. Multiple news outlets confirmed that Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police in Watertown early Friday morning, while his brother remained at-large until late that night. Dzhokhar was described by the FBI as “heavily armed and extremely dangerous.” Several local and national news outlets also confirmed that Dzhokhar was enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The campus, in North Dartmouth, Mass. was evacuated Friday afternoon. Police confirmed early Friday morning that the two suspects also carried out the Boston Marathon bombings and were behind a fatal shooting at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology late Thursday night. The MIT shooting was the catalyst that started Friday’s series of events. State Police said at the Friday evening press conference that a convenience store robbery that occurred nearby at around the same time is not connected, to the best of their knowledge. Just 10 minutes after the robbery, an MIT police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, was found shot in his patrol car, according to a timeline of events posted on npr.org. Collier was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and confirmed dead later that night. Police then followed leads regarding an armed carjacking nearby and pursued the suspects to Watertown, where they engaged the two in a lengthy gunfight at around 1 a.m., according to the NPR timeline. Police reported that the two threw improvised explosive devices from their SUV. Tamerlan was severely wounded as a result, and was later pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. MBTA police officer Richard Donohue, 33, was also seriously injured in the shootout and remains in critical condition. While the mention of a possible third suspect was denied in the press conference this evening, the Boston Globe reported that three people were arrested in New Bedford, Mass. after Tsarnaev’s capture, in connection with the bombings. A possible link between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham was also recently uncovered. The Boston Globe reported Saturday that the owner of a gym where Tsarnaev boxed said Tsarnaev introduced one of the victims, Brendan Mess, as his “best friend.” Another one of the victims of the Waltham homicide, Raphael Teken, was a 1998 Brandeis graduate. The Boston Marathon bombings to which the Tsarnaev brothers are connected took place last Monday afternoon at the finish line of the marathon. According to boston.com, three people died and over 170 were injured as a result of the attacks.
ing to be working with a lot of great people.” She said her first goal would be to start working on the Union’s social media outreach. Sunny Aidasani ’14, the off-campus senator and former assistant treasurer, was elected to the position of Union treasurer with 36 percent of the vote. “The Treasurer has a lot of responsibilities and I feel honored that the student body has entrusted me with these responsibilities,” wrote Aidasani in an email to the Justice. “It is my duty, in return, to serve the student body to the best of my abilities, and I have already begun working on a couple of things.” Aidasani said he has been in touch with Clements, the outgoing treasurer, and the newly elected Finance Board members to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the position. Class of 2015 Senator Daniel Novak won the position of junior representative to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. “I plan to establish a very strong relationship with the deans of arts and sciences and the rest of the academic deans to ensure that all of the students voices are heard,” said Novak in an interview with the Justice. “I will reach out to different students in different majors and see what they would like to see changed within their majors.” Alex Thomson ’15 was elected junior representative to the Board of Trustees. Thompson said he would begin to meet with Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees Jack Hait ’14 and administrators to “make sure that the student voice is heard at the administration level as well as the board level.” He said his most important goal would be transparency in the process of tuition increases. Flora Wang ’15 and Joseph Robinow ’14 were elected to serve as Brandeis Sustainability Fund Representatives. Wang had previously served in the position. “I hope to continue working on the projects in progress and see them through into the next year as well as reach out to students who have spoken to me about their potential proposals,” said Wang. Mohamed Ali ’14, Teresa Fong ’15, Bronia Goldman ’14 and Aliza Kahn ’15 were elected to the four open seats on the finance board. Xiaoyue Sun ’16 was elected Racial Minority F-Board Member. The second round of elections will take place from midnight to midnight on Thursday, and will include the following positions and candidates: Claire Sin ai ’15, Sarah Park ’14, Maris Ryger-Wasserman ’16, Michael Abrams ’15, Michael DeFeo ’15, Jordan Schwartz ’16 and Zakaria Hussein ’15 for Associate Justice; Andre Ve Tran, Annie Chen and Owen Voelker for Class of 2014 Senator; Caiwei Zheng and Anna Bessendorf for Class of 2015 Senator; Andrew Chang, Jonathan Jacob, Zack Weaver and Kathy Nguyen for Class of 2016 Senator; Biana Gotlibovsky ’15, James Polite ’15 and Daniel Schwab ’14 for Senator at Large; and Ari Azani ’15, Naomi DePina ’16 and Khadijah Lynch ’15 for Racial Minorty Senator. Two seats are available for each class and for Senator at Large, five seats for Associate Justice and one seat for Racial Minority Senator.
TUESDAY, april 23, 2013
VERBATIM | RACHEL CARSON Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.
ON THIS DAY…
In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt made his famous “The Man In The Arena” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
All the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck at 4:20.
Pints of compassion
DEVOTED DONOR: Rebecca Cohn ’13, was one of many students to step up and donate at the spring drive. OLIVIA POBIEL/the Justice
Tragedy spurs a wave of willing donors at a recent blood drive By ALEXA BALL JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
“Boston is strong. Boston is resilient. Boston is our home.” This statement, made by Thomas Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, came a day after two bombs exploded in the city near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon. Under attack, the city has come together as an enduring community. As a part of that community, Brandeis University stepped up with one of the busiest blood drives it’s ever had. On Monday, April 15, the finish line of the Boston Marathon shook with the tremors of two bombs, planted about 100 yards apart on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. Brandeis students, staff, faculty and family watched as paramedics, police, nurses and civilians came together to treat the wounded in an immediate and effective response that was christened “heroic” by President Obama. Even though the city has once again been deemed safe and the immediate danger has passed, there is
still much to be done to aid the road to recovery both for the wounded and for the entire community. As a school committed to social justice and outreach, Brandeis was ready to help in any way possible. With more than 180 injured, the hospitals are in need of resources. With fortunate timing, Brandeis University’s spring blood drive was scheduled to take place the week of April 16 to April 18. According to a coordinator of the blood drive and Waltham Group member Chrissy Fischer ’14, the number of donors registered to give blood was low Friday through Sunday, a typical occurrence for spring blood drives, she explained. The problem with a low number of people willing to give blood, she explained, is that there must be enough donors for the American Red Cross, which assists the school throughout the process, to book the drive at Brandeis instead of at a different location. However, after Monday’s bombings, the drive experienced a huge jump in donors.
The school rallied, and the Brandeis community came together to offer what they could. Appointment times filled up and students often waited for more than an hour to donate in a large conference room equipped with two rows of physicians’ tables, makeshift offices blocked with cardboard dividers for privacy, and two large round tables stacked tall with pizza boxes and Keebler Mint Sticks. Fischer said that the atmosphere was “understanding,” because, despite the long wait, “people wanted to be here because they wanted to help.” With a goal of 75 pints per day, Brandeis exceeded expectations with 99 pints on Tuesday, and 93 pints on Wednesday. For the Red Cross, blood drives such as this one will help to replenish the pints used during the week. Account Manager James Gallant expressed his admiration, saying that events such as the Boston bombings show that the “community is strong, especially in public awareness. People have shown they’re willing to
help, especially when something like this affects us all,” he says. “There was a jump in donors everywhere,” Gallant said, adding that there will be memorial drives throughout the summer. Generally, Red Cross books drives two months in advance. He also said that the hospitals have used more than the anticipated amount of pints, and will need to replace those with blood drives throughout the summer. For Elena Unschuld ’15, the Boston Marathon helped give more meaning to this year’s blood drive. Although she has given blood in the past, and generally attends all of the school’s drives, she admits that “the intention is important,” and that events such as bombings help show how important the blood drives really are. As a native of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six educators were shot and killed, Unschuld said that it “never gets easier,” but that she will always do what she can to help. Katie Freschi ’13 agreed, saying that she was “definitely shaken” by the marathon bombings but like Unschuld, she was already planning to
give blood. Rachel Nathanson ’16, however, came to the blood drive as a firsttime donor. She admitted that she was scared, but ready to overcome her fear for the benefit of her community. “I felt compelled to help in any way I could. It was just convenient that there happened to be a blood drive on campus organized for the very next day,” she said. Like many, Nathanson acknowledged that the bombings disturbed her, and that she was overwhelmed with “sadness and sympathy” for those affected by the tragedy. Overcoming her fear, Nathanson said that “giving blood was an amazingly rewarding experience. ... Before I walked into the room, I called my mom and she told me how proud she was of me. She donated for the first time recently as well. We talked about how we should donate together soon.” Through tragedy, the Brandeis community came together to provide the basic life source that now more than ever was desperately needed.
Living with HIV positivity
Scott Fried shares his poetic wisdom on youth and wellness By Jaime Kaiser JUSTICE editor
Just a few months ago, Scott Fried, health educator, motivational speaker and author, tweeted “Listen to others with the same tenderness that you would want them to listen to you until love walks into the room.” As Fried stepped into the room on Friday night after Hillel shabbat dinner, the room was captivated as he prepared to deliver his message. In the midst of the Watertown chaos that ensued on Friday, Scott Fried drove from New York City even before the suspect had been declared found to give a talk at an Oneg, a repast that takes place after dinner on Shabbat. The event corresponds with a larger weekend dedicated to health, which Global Health Shabbat sponsored in conjunction with Face AIDS, Relay for Life and Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps to commemorate the 30th anniversary of BEMCo. Fried’s talk, entitled “I Raise My Cup in Rescue And Call On God’s Name” addressed issues focused on finding self acceptance and giving and accepting acts of kindness in the midst of tragedy and trauma. Through this core issue, he addressed numerous other problems plaguing youth, including HIV. His extensive personal knowledge as someone who is himself HIV positive made his words particularly relevant. He began the talk by saying his favorite Hebrew prayer, “Barukh atta Adonai eloheinu meleh haolam
she’asah li neis bamakom hazzeh,” or in English, “Thank you God, ruler of the universe, who grants me miracles, in this place.” Fried grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y. where he was raised in a religious household. Despite the intermingling of prayers and other Jewish teachings, however, his lecture and his ideas on unconditional love resonated on a universal level. He told the story of how he contracted HIV, a story he tells nearly every time he speaks. His diagnosis became the defining moment of his life. “There was life before HIV and life after HIV,” he said. He paralleled this personal event with national tragedies like the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Fried then followed with one of the key points of the talk, stressing that we get to choose how these tragedies will define us. “It’s not the thing that happens that defines you, its what you respond to what is going on in your life that defines you,” he said. Fried’s reaction was to use his illness in a positive way to spread awareness of the dangers of HIV, but more importantly, to expose the underlying societal and emotional problems that promote self-destructive behavior. “The mistake wasn’t that I didn’t use a condom. The mistake was that I didn’t love myself enough to use a condom,” Fried said. Fried explained that the root of self-destructive behavior is that it never occurs only once, especially in relation to the unprotected sex he engaged in multiple times with the man who gave him HIV. “We are rarely ever reckless just once be-
cause of what is missing in our lives ...there are not enough people who love us for who we are,” he said. Fried told the story of going with his friend Dalton to the hospital for an HIV test. His friend went up to the fourth floor for a blood test while he got him a snack and then he sat with him in the waiting room. His friend asked him “why are you being so nice to me?” and Fried responded, recalling his impersonal and lonesome experience waiting to hear his results some 24 years earlier, “because I love you.” In hearing his friend, Fried concluded that “The people who came before you are not doing enough of a job to prove to you that we love you.” He used the human immune system as a metaphor for kindness as a form of healing. “Tenderness and kindness and patience and being able to say to others—are ways and which we heal that emotional societal immune system,” he said. In additon, Fried used a metaphor of Jonah being swallowed by the Whale, enouraging everyone to feel their own pain and “sit in the belly of darkness.” Fried also encouraged everyone to find and be a “c’mere person,” people who accept us for who we are and allow us to be fragile. “The things that we are afraid to find out about ourselves they [c’mere people] already know,” Fried said. At the end of his talk, he made a point of looking each person in the eyes for a brief moment, a practice he picked up from his father. He conceded that while this is “awkward”,
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT FRIED
SPREADING HOPE: Scott Fried has been speaking to groups of youth for over 20 years at middle schools, high schools, colleges, synagogues and youth centers. “awkwardness leads to vulnerability, which leads to intimacy, which leads to truth, which leads to healing,” he said. Sam Kressel ’16, an attendee of the event, was moved by the talk. “I was truly at a loss for words,” he said. For Josh Luger ’16, hearing Fried speak was the first of many times since he met him in sixth grade. “Scott has been one of the most inspirational people in my life, always offering words of kindness, strength
and support,” Luger said. “I don’t think he could have had better timing to come speak at Brandeis. It was an amazing Oneg that I would love to see continued and expanded to more events with Scott at Brandeis for a weekend.” Fried handed out bracelets to everyone who came up to speak with him after the talk, inscribed with a handy reminder of his main message: “You breathe. You belong. You are enough.”
TUESDAY, aPRIL 23, 2013
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ERASING ILLNESS: Students took a lap together surrounded by the glow of the Luminaria that lined the track.
Students assembled in Gosman to raise cancer-fighting funds By JAIME KAISER JUSTICE editor
PHOTOS BY ADAM STERN/the Justice
SHAVE AND SAVE: Students donated money to see Jeremy Perlman ’14 shave his facial and head hair at Relay for Life, raising over 1,000 dollars for the American Cancer Society.
WALKING WILLPOWER: Company B (pictured above) was on of a few a capella groups that performed at Relay for Life. Also present were Starving Artists and VoiceMale.
MOVE AND SHAKE: Relayers bonded over a zumba class, one of many relay activities.
Beginning on April 8, the American Cancer Society Brandeis division of the Colleges Against Cancer kicked off Paint the Campus Purple Weeks leading up to the main Relay For Life event this past Saturday. These past two weeks have consisted of various on-campus events, as well as some off-campus fundraising to garner support and spread knowledge of the event. This year’s featured event was the first annual Mr. Brandeis Pageant. The Mr. Brandeis Pageant was co-hosted by Relay For Life, Student Events and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The winner of the pageant was Pat Seaward ’13, with Mr. Congeniality being awarded to Yoni Sebag ’13. “I felt like the prettiest girl at the prom. ...It’s always a cool feeling to win, but if you ask anyone there were a lot of other guys that deserved it just as much as [Yoni and I] did. The real winner? Relay for Life!” Seaward said. Seabag expressed similar joy at being crowned Mr. Congeniality and being able to entertain his classmates for a good cause. The Mr. Brandeis Pageant was one of the most successful events of the week. Jessica Gokhberg ’13, committee chair of Relay for Life, said she hopes the event becomes an annual event, similar to the annual Jail and Bail Relay fundraiser held in the fall. The Relay for Life committee also worked with a few local-area Waltham restaurants to host fundraising nights. They distributed flyers to the community of Waltham and on campus, telling people to bring the flyer to the restaurant. Using the flyer, 15 percent of the diner’s bill went to Brandeis Relay For Life. This was done with the cooperation and support of the 99 Restaurant and Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant. Another event during Paint the Campus Purple Week included a petition in the Shapiro Campus Center against budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health, which includes the American Cancer Society. To protest this, the Relay Committee created the Wall of Hope in the SCC. Community members could write down on Post-it Notes reasons they participate in Relay for Life. “It’s a more personal and interactive petition that we can bring to Congress,” Gokhberg said. Paint the Campus Purple culminated to the main Relay for Life event, held on the track of Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on Saturday, April 20. People were organized into teams, which requires at least one member to walk around the track at all times, reflecting
the idea that just as cancer does not sleep, neither do the walkers. Ellie Rosenthal ’16 is an online coordinator for the Relay for Life committee. “I wanted to be involved with relay because I think it is an amazing event that enhances community and hope,” she said. A highlight of the night was the Luminaria ceremony. Paper bags with glow sticks substituting candles lined the track. They were personalized in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Throughout the week of April 10, participants were able to purchase Luminaria bags in the Usdan Cafe. Participants observed a moment of silence to remember those loved ones who were lost. “My favorite part of the night was the Luminaria ceremony because you could really tell how strong the Brandeis community is, in sadness and in happiness,” Rosenthal said. A variety of activities took place throughout the night. On-site bake sales and other stands set up by various teams outside their “camp sites” in a effort to raise even more cash toward the cause. Rita Tobias ’14 led a Zumba session, hypnotist Tommy Vee worked his magic on a crowd of students and many of Brandeis’ premier a capella groups showed up to perform including Starving Artists, VoiceMale and Company B. Perhaps the most unique event of the night came when Jeremy Perlman ’14 shaved his head and beard to raise extra funds for the cancer cause. “I saw that I had a cool opportunity to get some money for charity. It seemed like fun and I was going to shave my beard anyway and I was thinking about getting a haircut so I figured I might as well raise some money doing it,” he said. Perlman raised $1,068 in donations as a friend buzzed away his hair in support at Relay for Life. All the proceeds of Relay for life go toward American Cancer Society research, education, and preventatives. The exact figures are still being tabulated, but Gokhberg estimates around $52,000 has been raised so far, a number that will continue to rise with the additional revenue of fundraising events happening until August. For Gokhberg, Relay for Life has given her a community of others who understand. When Gokhberg participated in Relay for Life, she learned she was not alone. “My experience wasn’t unique—you can cry and laugh with other people you don’t even know to make an impact in other people’s lives.” — Danielle Gross contributed reporting.
10 TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 ● THE JUSTICE
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Boston perseveres This past week will forever be etched in the collective memory of the Brandeis student body and the greater Boston community. From the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 to the killing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the shootout in Watertown, Mass. this city has suffered through unspeakable trauma and tragedy. Yet, the citizens of Boston persevered this past Friday. Mayor Thomas Menino and Governor Deval Patrick maintained their composure, rallied the city in solidarity, and held firm in capturing Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two suspects implicated in this week’s events. This editorial board would like to, first and foremost, commend the noble and honorable actions of Boston’s police officers and first responders. In the face of great danger and despair, this force displayed immeasurable resilience and fortitude in protecting our city. We are indebted to their heroic acts. Moreover, we are also grateful for the administration’s firm leadership and swift response in light of the lock-down. Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel, as well as Senior Vice President for Communications Ellen de Graffenreid sent out repeated
Commend administration email and social media updates to both the student body and parents, providing critical developments about the situation. Other administrative figures such as President Fred Lawrence and Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer also made appearances at the University’s dining halls, providing a stable presence in a time of great crisis. During the lock-down period, we were also pleased to see University police officers stationed at all entry points, conducting thorough searches of all incoming vehicles. The University Police displayed a foremost commitment to ensuring the safety of the student body. This board believes that the administration took the necessary steps to respond to such a pressing emergency. We only hope that this course of action will be established in the future. At the moment, it is important to reflect on the stirring actions of this past week. President Obama stated, following the arrest on Friday night, “that we have seen the character of our country once more.” We have also seen the character of Boston this past week, and for that, we are grateful.
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Over the past few days, details about the Marathon bombings have continued to emerge, culminating in Friday’s wild manhunt. Various outlets have recently started to talk about “responses.” The Boston Globe, in its Tuesday editorial, called for the city of Boston to “Confront the worst of human nature...strive to live up to its best.” Moving forward, what do you think is the proper response to this series of events?
Prof. Jytte Klausen (POL) Large parts of Boston and its surrounding areas are recovering from the shock of having 14,000 armed police and soldiers on the streets trying to capture a 19 year old. Cries for revenge are inevitable, yet I trust that people will also feel sorrow for this kid who followed his older brother into an unspeakable crime. He can do no more harm. The FBI has, in a matter of days, gone from being lauded for a heroic effort to becoming the scapegoat for what happened. We were hit from a blind angle. The reality is that zero-risk counter terrorism policing is not possible. The costs to civil liberties are staggering. That said, a measured selfexamination about why the older brother was cleared after a six-month investigation in 2011, when the usual indicators of radicalization were present, is required. It is important to learn where things went wrong in terms of prevention and yet also be on guard against overreaction. Professor Jytte Klausen is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation.
Rick Sawyer It has been hard for me to be part of the mainstream reaction and response. My thoughts have been caught up in a very personalized way in a way that comes from what I am ... a dean of students. I was present at the Marathon finish and I know that my daughter might have run right past one of the bombs. That thought makes me very angry. My daughter, the runner, has an additional layer of feelings that we, those who were not in the Marathon, can’t experience. As a dean, the nightmare that this was is multiplied in knowing that one of the bombers was a college student. I am still processing that. My thoughts have been with my colleagues at his college; with his college friends; with the faculty who had him in class. How does hate trump what we on campuses are so intentional about—teaching, learning, supporting, engaging and fulfilling the promise of success. As the hours have gone by since Friday night, I have come to realize that maybe taking this thing so personally is not mine to own alone. I have a feeling we all, especially we here in Boston, we all took this very, very personally.
Prioritize goals of Union As per the results of last week’s election, this board would like to congratulate Ricky Rosen ’14 on his recent election as president of the Student Union. We look forward to seeing Mr. Rosen advocate on behalf of students while still maintaining a close relationship with the student body as their representative. As Union president for the coming year, Mr. Rosen has the responsibility to address the many pressing issues that the student body faces. We implore Mr. Rosen, along with the rest of the newly elected Executive Board, to prioritize the lofty goals presented during election season by all the candidates, in order to produce concrete accomplishments by the end of his term. First and foremost, we hope that the newly elected Mr. Rosen focuses his efforts on addressing the issues in dining services, as he stated in his platform. Despite being a consistent point of interest for students and an annual talking point for candidates on their platforms, little reform has come to fruition. Meal plans are overpriced and restrictive, and the overall quality of food has slipped in the past few years. Mr. Rosen’s administration has a unique opportunity, though, that many before him have not had—the potential for a new food provider, or at the very least contract negotiations with Aramark. This board implores Mr. Rosen to take advantage of this momentous opportunity to advocate for dining reform on behalf of students. Mr. Rosen has already successfully addressed several issues within dining services, albeit on a lesser scale, by advocating for longer hours at various on-campus locations. We hope that his previous success continues on a larger, all en-
Focus on dining services compassing, magnitude Moreover, we hope the new Executive Board understands its pivotal role in the relationship between the University administration, the Board of Trustees and the students. Brandeis is at a critical point in its history, in that the strategic plan has been released and its ensuing implementation is underway. The plan speaks volumes about many important, long-term facets of the University and how to improve them. We the student body not only request but expect that Mr. Rosen and his entire board advocate to the necessary parties for those issues that may not fall under the strategic plan umbrella. Students continue to struggle to find housing each year, both on-andoff campus. Tuition has been raised consistently over the past few years, without much elaboration as to why the raise was necessary. Issues such as these often get lost among those specified in the strategic plan, but they are just as important to the student body. Finally, the Student Union president is a taxing position, and everyone from President Lawrence to the student body to the Senate and beyond has an opinion on the job at hand. We hope that all constructive criticism is taken in stride and put into action. The best type of leadership is often that which incorporates the opinions of all constituents. Only if he can successfully work as both an advocate and representative for the students will Mr. Rosen realize his potential as “Chief Executive Officer of the Union.”
Rick Sawyer is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life at Brandeis.
Emily Duggan ’15 After the necessary safety precautions are taken, those who can, should address the children in our lives. These are times that age each of us. For some children, this is their first experience of such disillusionment. But these are teaching times. An orchestra of explosions play across the planet with heartbreaking regularity. How do we act—if behind the bulletproof vest of our particular privileges—toward expanding safety? How do we teach our children to live through this—and come out the other side hyperconscious of their role in such a society? We teach them to breathe. We hold them tightly but eventually let them go. We trust, blindly. We orate. We art. We legislate. We have some hard talks about what safety means, and we turn to each other: we see therapists. We act as therapists. We accept this awakening to our vulnerability as a call to strength. We start with the children. Emily Duggan grew up in Boston and is a member of Bad Grammer improv and Boris’ Kitchen sketch comedy.
Andrew Wingens ’14 I can’t help but think that for that one Friday, the terrorists had won. We allowed the manhunt to shut down one of the nation’s oldest and largest metropolises. And now, we must move forward with a sense of normalcy and get back to our lives. Equally important to healing, though, is that we must remain true to our American values. Despite all the evil acts of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we must afford him the same civil liberties we give to other citizens—a Miranda warning, a lawyer and a fair trial by jury. These procedural rights given to all citizens are what makes America exceptional. If we allow the terrorist to create a precedent of the government evading civil liberties then we will have lost even more than what Tsarnaev has taken from us. At this point, procedural rights would in no way jeopardize our safety, and they are too important to be ignored. So give the terrorist a lawyer. That’s what makes America great. Andrew Wingens is the senior editor of the Justice.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
Campus aesthetics should reflect top-notch status Avi
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Brandeis has an ugly campus. There, I said it. No ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts.’ No softpedaling or apologetic qualifications. Brandeis has an ugly campus. I’m not talking about the eclectic architectural style of our campus. Some people may like it, others may not yet, either way, that’s not exactly something the university can change. What I’m talking about is basic, routine campus maintenance. For reasons I do not understand, Brandeis has the money and resources to build beautiful new buildings all over campus and buy new furniture for the Shapiro Campus Center and Olin-Sang, but we can’t seem to concern ourselves with the simple campus upkeep that would make Brandeis a more attractive place to live and learn. Let me offer you a catalogue of the kind of thing I’m talking about. Multiple signs on campus are missing letters and have been missing them for years. When students head to Sherman Dining Hall to eat, they are greeted with a sign welcoming them to the “Sherman Student Cent r.” After the arduous trek up the Rabb steps, students find themselves staring at a sign for the “Olin-Sang Civil zat on Center.” The brick façade on each of the chapels is literally crumbling. The front of Harlan Chapel looks as if the building has been abandoned for years. For my entire four years at Brandeis, several bricks have been missing from a corner of the Usdan Student Center. Broken glass windows in the castle have been carelessly replaced with blocks of wood. Buildings all over campus have missing or broken ceiling tiles for months at a time. It seems as if it takes weeks to replace light bulbs that have burnt out in the SCC library. Paint has been ripped off part of the wall in the Mandel Humanities Center. Our campus is littered with trash. I could go on and on. “So what?” you ask. These are mostly small imperfections on a large campus, the kinds of things you barely notice day-to-day. Besides, who cares about aesthetics? After all, Brandeis certainly has plenty of things going for it other than the campus aesthetics. There are, however, a great many reasons this unwillingness to maintain the beauty of our campus should concern both administrators and students alike. First of all, we students spend a lot of time here. The vast majority of us live on campus. And you know what, it’s nice to live somewhere that looks nice. Given the vast sum of money we all pay to
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spend four years at Brandeis, it seems living on an aesthetically pleasing campus is the least we can expect. But there is an even more important reason we should care about how our campus looks. It’s simply embarrassing to present the Brandeis campus to prospective students and their families. No matter how much we touch up the campus’ appearance in our brochures and on the website, people come here and they take tours. And it would be near impossible for them not to notice how little Brandeis seems to care about how we present ourselves. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some comments from online forums discussing college admissions I found. “My husband took my daughter to visit. They called it ‘the projects.’ My husband wanted to leave as soon as they got there.” “I have heard negatives regarding Brandeis’
‘ugly’ campus.” “I applied to Brandeis before I visited. If I knew how sad looking the campus was, I would have never applied.” Again, this is just a small sampling. For prospective students, should their college choice come down to a decision between Brandeis and one of our peer universities (e.g. Tufts University, Wesleyan University, Boston College), campus appearance could be a deciding factor. If the Brandeis administration does not seem to care about the University’s dumpy appearance, it signals to a prospective student that the administration is unwilling to put in minimal effort to maintain a beautiful environment in which students can spend their time. It makes Brandeis look lazy and unserious. These maintenance issues are small and easy to fix. It would take minutes to replace the few missing bricks in Usdan. I can’t imagine that replacing the missing letters all over campus would
be so expensive. How hard would it be to be a little more prompt at fixing leaking pipes and replacing old ceiling tiles? The administration should make sure that members of our maintenance staff are consistently monitoring wear and tear all throughout the campus. Repairs should happen as quickly as possible and not wait until breaks or Admitted Students Day. In fact, if there is no one on the maintenance staff who can do this competently, I’ll volunteer to personally take Vice President Andrew Flagel or Dean Rick Sawyer around the campus, pointing out exactly what ought to have been repaired years ago. Brandeis is a wonderful university. The students here are friendly, outgoing and ambitious. Our academics are top-notch. A school as wonderful as Brandeis deserves to be housed on a campus with a physical beauty that reflects Brandeis’ greatness.
American medical system does not promote superior doctor care By JASSEN LU JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
When we receive treatment at a hospital, we expect high quality service. After being discharged, we have an expectation that the hospital has provided the best care available for our money, and that hopefully it has restored our health. Sadly, this is an idealistic view of an American hospital. In many hospitals nationwide, patients suffer the consequences of poor medical service with preventable surgical complications, hospital readmissions and higher bills. According to the 2012 documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, hospital-acquired illness from medical errors causes about 187,000 annual deaths in the United States, a statistic that easily ranks it as the third largest cause of death in the country. In a specific example, a 2012 study of Texas Health Resources, one of the most prestigious hospital systems in Texas, revealed many instances of hospital-acquired illnesses due to poor care. Out of the 34,256 patients in 2010 who underwent surgery at a THR hospital, 1,820 of them developed preventable complications such as blood clots, pneumonias and surgical infections during their stays. Originally, they were to remain in the hospital for about three to four days, but after their complications, their average stay increased to two
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weeks. The financial consequences of such cases were notable too, as their average hospital costs increased by about $30,500. This extra amount would devastate patients with little to no insurance, and could even raise premiums and out-ofpocket expenses for insured patients. On the national level, these added costs waste resources by large proportions. Insurance programs like Medicare, which is already threatened with bankruptcy, will only suffer greater strain as wasteful medical errors consume more of its scarce dollars. America faces pressing problems in the quality of its medical care, and if left unresolved, they will only worsen our health care and its economic susstainability. An underlying cause of these problems rests in America’s health care reimbursement system. Most health care providers are still reimbursed on a fee-for-service system, in which they receive payments for each medical service administered. This payment system not only encourages providers to give more treatments for extra money, but also potentially removes the incentive to reduce preventable mistakes, since providers would profit from medical complications and longer hospital stays anyway. In short, it emphasizes quantity of care over quality of care. Another problem relates to the disconnected nature of our entire medical system. Human health involves an entire collection of interacting organ systems, so care needs to be better coordi-
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nated across multiple medical fields. A study by the National Institutes of Health reports that the current system promotes “piecemeal, poor quality care,” largely brought about by the continued use of primitive paper medical records and information systems, which in turn disrupt the flow of comprehensive medical information among providers. As a result, many providers lack access to sufficient information for making appropriate clinical decisions. In the end, they may administer care that is repetitive, counter-productive, and even dangerous, adding to the risk of medical complications. This is especially harmful for patients with multiple chronic conditions, who require long-term care from multiple providers and extensive medical coordination to maintain their health. The path to reducing hospital-acquired complications is complex, but the country can take a number of preliminary steps. First, we must phase out the fee-for-service system that simply encourages quantity over quality. The 2010 health care reform takes the initiative by reducing Medicare payments for preventable hospital readmissions, but it is only a start. Long-term initiatives should reward providers for higher quality, as the THR researchers suggest, and implement payment systems such as capitation. This is a payment setup in which a provider is granted a fixed sum of money over a period to pay for a patient’s health care. Under
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such a setup, providers will be more motivated to provide higher quality care, since they would not profit from counterproductive services and may even lose money from them. Second, we need a system in which different providers can effectively communicate, coordinate and produce meaningful information for efficient care, as well as prevent careless mistakes. In recent years, the health care system has started to adopt technology such as electronic health records to facilitate unity among providers and better access to comprehensive medical information. The adoption has been slow however, as many providers face problems such as financial difficulty in transitioning to a new technology system, so the health care community needs to exert greater efforts to overcome this obstacle. Many health care critics, including those documented in Escape Fire, have pointed out that America has a sick care rather than a health care system. Hospitals and doctors are supposed to help people restore and keep their health, rather than sicken them so that they can be readmitted more often. I will not deny that with any medical procedure, there can be risks beyond our control, but the fact that patients are suffering because of preventable problems is unacceptable. In short, we have a mission to put the “health” back in “health care,” and to live up to the idea that America actually provides superior care to its patients.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
FORUM DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Divestment may not be best way to advocate By DANIEL KOAS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Last week, I proudly signed a petition to put University divestment from fossil fuel companies on the ballot this Thursday. It was, and still is, inspiring to see students coming together and mobilizing on the issue of climate change. There is an incredible amount of support on campus for this worthy cause—the movement has already gathered hundreds of student signatures and received the support of almost every electoral candidate for Student Union—and I have no doubt that if the University does in fact divest from fossil fuels we will be sending a strong message to the rest of the nation and the world. Yet, despite seeing all the passion surrounding this movement, I must question its effectiveness. Is divestment the best way to preserve the planet for future generations? Why are we putting so much energy into divestment when there are other environmental issues that must be addressed? How much does divestment actually hurt the fossil fuel companies? The truth is that divestment is largely symbolic. Universities do not have that much invested in these companies in the first place, and even so, reducing our stock shares by divesting is not the same as lowering actual company profits. So long as there is a market with demand for fossil fuels, the companies will continue to produce fossil fuels and make money. As Christian Parenti, a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training puts it, divestment “does not hurt Big Carbon’s bottom line.” Moreover, while it’s been widely touted that colleges and universities have over $400 billion in endowments, only a small percentage of that is actually invested in fossil fuel stocks. In fact, a recent article in a publication by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies comes to the conclusion that although universities may hold numerous shares of fossil fuels companies, “it’s still nowhere near the amount of money it would take to have a real impact on the oil giants.” Additionally, there is legitimate concern that losing investments in fossil fuels could impact the University’s ability to offer financial aid and scholarships. This was the case at the University of New Hampshire, where the president of the university responded to students pushing for divestment late last year by saying: “Those who would seek to limit the scope of foundation investments should introduce themselves to the current UNH students who would have their financial aid suspended as a result of such actions.” While I do not believe that this is a reason to halt the divestment campaign, it is definitely something that must be taken into consideration. Some sort of work-around must be found to make sure that students who are currently receiving financial aid are still able to attend Brandeis. Divestment sends out a loud and clear message to the public and thus should continue to
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be encouraged, but environmentally-committed students at Brandeis should not be giving it all their attention. Petitions, displays of solidarity and symbols can only do so much—what we truly need to focus on are concrete actions to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and green our campus as a whole. Simply put, divestment should only be one part of a many-faceted approach to make our campus greener. This means that other environmental issues on campus should be addressed. Whether it is installing solar panels on roofs or making sure that buildings are energy-efficient, it is within our power to reduce our own fossil fuel consumption. Nothing bothers me more than
seeing lights left on in classrooms overnight or having to crack open a window in mid-April because my residence hall is still being heated. I should not have to use disposable silverware at Usdan Student Center because that is all that is left and I should not have to use paper towels to dry my hands in the bathroom because there is no dryer. These are small, workable changes that can lead to impressive results, and I am confident that students can push for and accomplish these changes. Such initiatives would not only reduce our carbon footprint, but would arguably send an even stronger message to the public and the fossil fuel companies. Our communities, our nation and our entire
planet are suffering because of our fossil fuel addiction, and it is abundantly clear that immediate action must be taken. I am firm in my belief that divestment is a step in the right direction and that it is a way to express our frustration with the fossil fuel companies. It is encouraging to see many students from different clubs gathering signatures to put divestment on the ballot, and I urge such environmentally-committed students, along with the administration, to continue giving other green initiatives more attention and support. Divestment alone is not enough, but when combined with other methods it can be a useful tool in the fight against climate change.
Fossil-fuel investment contradicts mission of University By TALI SMOOKLER AND ANDREW NGUYEN SPECIAL TO THE JUSTICE
Hot summer days turned to endless droughts; dancing in the rain turned to flooded subways. Bright-eyed children turned into hard-nosed lobbyists—democracy turned sour. As we burn fossil fuels and destabilize our climate, this becomes reality. Let’s start with a few basics about climate change. According to a study published by Information is Beautiful, a website which uses infographics to display data, 99 percent of climatologists agree that climate change is happening and that it is man-made. And just as a fever of a few degrees affects a person, a higher temperature affects the planet and those who live on it drastically. An increase in global temperature is extremely concerning for numerous reasons. By 2030, 100 million people are estimated to die because of the various impacts of climate change, with 90 percent of them in developing countries, according to a report by the humanitarian organization, DARA. Likewise, by 2050, there will be an estimated 200 million refugees due to climate change, according to a paper from the International Organization of Migration. Globally, an increase in temperature may make it easier to transmit and spread diseases, the sea level will rise and increased drought and flooding will lead to food and water shortages. The World Bank writes that “climate change in a 4°C world could seriously undermine poverty alleviation” due to the effects stated above, and that “it remains uncertain whether adaptation … will be possible at this level of climate change.”
Therefore, it is clear that we must act especially here at Brandeis, where our community is made up of brilliant young leaders. After all, passion is our game, and social justice is our name. But how can we fight climate change when it feels so huge, and beyond ourselves? The organizers of the Brandeis Divestment Campaign call for an immediate freeze on any new fossil fuel investments from the University’s endowment, and full divestment, over the next five years from the top 200 companies that get 80 percent of their profits from producing and distributing fossil fuels. But why divestment? First and foremost, as a renowned institution, we must take a moral stand against fossil fuels. Profiting from the destruction of our planet is not acceptable. Divesting means that we, as a university and student body, do not accept investing our money in companies that are by extension killing people and endangering the future quality of life for all. Moreover, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, a study from the Aperio Group—an investment management firm—found that divestment “does not subtract value from it [the endowment] either, and it increases the risk to investors at such a modest level as to be negligible.” Even our investment policy states that we should consider divesting when a “corporation’s conduct is found to be clearly and gravely offensive to the university community’s sense of social justice and where it is found that the exercising of shareholder rights and powers is unlikely to correct the injury.” The last time
Brandeis divested was the South African apartheid. Brandeis took a moral stand against apartheid, and made a clear statement that it went against its integrity to invest in something that so strongly went against our values. Though climate change should not be compared to apartheid, the fact remains that it is a moral, social justice issue which is “gravely offensive” to our integrity. Furthermore, divestment is even more powerful when you consider it outside the Brandeis bubble. There are over 300 universities around the country that have on-going divestment campaigns, as well as over 100 off-campus entities including municipalities, churches and others. We are not in this alone, which means divesting has an even greater potential to send a powerful message to our nation’s leaders about demanding national action on climate change. Brandeis was one of the first five universities to begin a campaign to divest from fossil fuels and four colleges in the country have divested already. To combat an issue as enormous as climate change, we need an equally enormous movement and strategy. Divestment is an excellent national movement, and the Brandeis community needs to lead the way. We understand that divesting will not economically damage the fossil fuel industry. Divestment’s strength lies in its political and social power. It stigmatizes the fossil fuel industries, and creates a political discussion about climate change. It has drawn media attention from major outlets such as Forbes, New York Times, and Rolling Stone. And with the 300 universities
engaged in discussions, it has the potential to really change the political playing field and create a larger focus on climate change. As students, we have the most influence on our own campuses. As university after university divests, public perception of fossil fuel corporations will shift. With this shift in public opinion, our government will be given the necessary push to tackle climate change and move toward a more equitable, sustainable future. Voting yes to divest this Thursday doesn’t mean we will divest. It simply provides a formal student opinion that says that we as students will no longer stand for inaction on climate change from the University. It says that we agree that giving our money to corporations who are destroying the planet goes against our institutional values. It says divestment is a national movement, and we want Brandeis to lead the way. It will push the board of trustees and the administration to take this movement seriously. As James Powell—former president of Franklin and Marshall College—says “[S] ome colleges will take the lead and divest now; others will follow eventually. The question for each college is whether, on the most important issue of this century, it will be a leader or a follower.” If you care about social justice, the environment, and the future of you and your children, vote yes to divest on Thursday and make Brandeis a true leader in social justice. Tali Smookler and Andrew Nguyen are leaders in the divestment campaign. Smookler is also an associate editor for the Justice.
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FIERCE FOCUS: Men’s tennis player Mitch Krems ’16 goes for a hit during the Judges’ match against Clark at home on Monday.
Squads beat by Bowdoin, women defeat Holy Cross emphatically after losing at Bowdoin, while the men lost against the Polar Bears. By JACOB MOSKOWITZ JUSTICE SENIOR WRITER
For women’s tennis player Faith Broderick ’13, senior week represented an opportunity for the squad’s lone senior to leave her mark on the Rieger Tennis Courts. And though her team split their last matches of the regular season this past weekend, Broderick managed to end her season on a high note, as she downed College of the Holy Cross sophomore Taylor Stathis in the team’s 8-1 romp of Division I Holy Cross on Sunday at Rieger Tennis Courts in the No. 24 Judges’ final regular season home match before their postseason action begins this weekend. “I thought our girls did a great job of staying focused,” said coach Ben Lamanna of the team’s Senior Day victory. “Faith always wants it to be about the team, but the girls were thinking about it being Faith’s last match and we put out a good result.” Prior to the match against Holy Cross, both Brandeis squads dropped a couple of tough matches to ranked opponents—the Judges fell to No. 8 Bowdoin College, 8-1 on the road on Saturday. Like their female counterparts did on Saturday, the men lost their match on the road at No. 6 Bowdoin 8-1, falling to 6-9 this year. Both teams will enter the Unviersity Athletic Association tournament to be held this weekend with the sixth seeds. Against Holy Cross, the women— who were not intimidated by their foes’ Division I stature—took control right away and never let up. They won nine of their 10 singles wins by scores of 6-1 or 6-0, which emphasized the home team’s dominance overall. Furthermore, they also cruised to an 8-1 margin of victory in all three
of their doubles matches. The Judges started the match in dominating fashion. Broderick won in first singles 6-1, 6-1. Allyson Bernstein ’14 was just as dominating, defeating Holy Cross freshman Jaclyn Carroll 6-1, 6-0. Maya Vasser ’16 gave up the only win above one, defeating junior Maya Welch 6-4, 6-1. Carley Cooke ’15 and Broderick dominated in Broderick’s last home match of her career, while Marissa Lazar ’14 and Bernstein continued the trend, as they finished the doubles sweep to underline the Judges’ superiority in the match as a whole. “We’re really going to miss Faith,” said Lamanna. “She’s a superstar. She’s got over 100 wins in both singles and doubles, and she’s done remarkable things for the program in the last four years. Her and Carley are doing really well and could possibly make it to Nationals. It’d be a great reward for her.” Much in contrast to the dominating performance that the team exemplified in Sunday’s action, the women’s team began the weekend with a whimper, falling in tough fashion to host Bowdoin. The Polar Bears swept singles play, as the Judges managed to take just one set at the first slot. Cooke won the first set, 6-4, but lost the second and third sets, 6-1 which consigned her to a demoralizing defeat. Broderick fell 6-2, 6-0 at second singles. The Judges’ lone win came in doubles play, as Cooke and Broderick pulled off an 8-4 victory at first doubles. Simone Vandroff ’15 and Roberta Bergstein ’14 made it tough for the hosts in their doubles’ match, as they took the Polar Bears to a tiebreaker. However, they ultimately fell 9-7 to compound the Judges’ misery. While the men fell 8-1 against Bowdoin, the score was not indicative of the action. Steven Milo ’13 split the first two sets in first singles against sophomore Noah Bragg 7-5, 1-6. His team would have hoped that
APRIL 23, 2013
TRACK: Team diversifies its competitions
READYING FOR THE RETURN
■ The women beat Holy Cross
his strong perforance in the first two sets would have led to a momentum-building victory in the pivotal singles match. However, his efforts ultimately proved to be futile, as he dropped the super-set tiebreaker, 12-10. Danny Lubarsky ’16 also lost in tough fashion, falling in a super-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-2, 10-7. In the sixth spot, Alec Siegel ’15 was shutout 6-0, 6-0. Michael Secular ’15 lost the first set 6-0, but managed two games in the second set at fifth singles to restore a bit of parity in the match. The Judges got their lone win in doubles play, as Milo and Dave Yovanoff ’13 defeated sophomores Doug Caplan and Kyle Wolstencroft 8-6. Siegel and Mitch Krems ’16 lost 8-1, while Lubarsky and Secular fell in tough fashion 8-4. Following the weekend, the men’s team beat Clark University yesterday at home, 7-2. They will tune up for their final tournament of the season in a road match against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today at 4:00 p.m. Entering the tournament, Lamanna is optimistic of his team’s chances to perform well. “We’re the number six seed on both the men’s and women’s side, so both teams will be playing [Washington University in Saint Louis.] We’re trying to knock off some good teams, because our goal is always to get into the top four of the UAA.” “It’s a grind of a tournament, both phyiscally and mentally,” he continued, noting the toughness in regards to the heat of Florida as particularly challenging. “We have guys and girls who want to take the program to the next level, and there’s no better place to do it than at the UAA Championships.” The women’s squad is off until Friday, when both squads will conclude their season at the UAA Championships this weekend in Orlando, Fla. — Henry Loughlin contributed reporting
time of 3:59.95. On the women’s side, Amelia Lundkvist ’14 and Victoria Sanford ’14, as they have done all season, pulled together back-to-back finishes in the 1,500. Lundkvist placed 21st out of 46 competitors in the event, crossing the line in 4:43.48. Sanford was right behind her teammate in 22nd, finishing less than a second back in 4:43.84. The Fitchburg meet also yielded some impressive performances. Ed Colvin ’14 took fourth out of 42 competitors in the 1,500, clocking in at 4:07.13. Jarret Harrigan ’15 wasn’t too far behind, taking 10th in 4:13.78. In the women’s event, Maggie Hensel ’16 placed 10th, finishing in 5:04.13. She was followed by Nora Owens ’16, who finished 13th in 5:18.23, and Rachel Keller ’16, who finished 16th in 5:24.69. Michael Rosenbach ’15 led the charge in the men’s 800-meter run, taking seventh in 2:00.97. Grady Ward ’16 placed ninth in 2:01.96. Greg Bray ’15 and Mohamed Sidique ’15 placed 11th and 20th, respectively, timing in at 2:02.47 and 2:07.05. Kelsey Whitaker ’16 took seventh in the women’s 800, crossing the line in seventh in 2:24.24, while Gabriella Guillette ’15 took 25th in 2:45.52. The men’s 100-meter dash featured a quartet of Brandeis runners. Jacob Wilhoite ’15 took 27th in 12.11 seconds. Galen KarlanMason ’16 placed 31st in 12.21. Kensai Hughes finished 34th in 12.32, while Chi Tai ’16 rounded out the field, finishing 41st in 12.64. Tove Freeman ’16 was the Judges’ lone competitor in the women’s
100, taking 27th in 14.53 seconds. Casey McGown ’13 was the other female sprinter for the Judges, taking sixth in the 400-meter dash, timing in at 1:02.14. The Judges featured several other competitors as well. Brandon Odze ’16 took 14th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:07.49. Adam Berger ’15 placed third in the triple jump with a jump of 12.62 meters and took 15th in the men’s long jump with a jump 5.80 meters. Hudges placed 18th in 5.68 meters. Wilhoite took ninth in the javelin, throwing 46.48 meters, just ahead of Jonathan Gilman ’15, who took 13th in 42.94 meters. As the University Athletic Association Championships approach this weekend, where athletes who competed in both meets will join together, Kramer is optimistic that the teams—and particularly the distance contingent—have been making steady progress and are reaching their peak levels. “We did a big block of training right after the indoor season ended,” he said. “Our mileage was pretty high, and we did a lot of long workouts focused on building strength. In the next few weeks, we’ll be doing more pace-focused stuff and tuning up rather than get significantly fitter. We’ll freshen up; the mileage will come down a bit.” Following a week of training, the Judges will travel to New York University for the UAA Championships this Friday and Saturday, and given that Kramer and Kern hold the UAA’s top two seed times in the 1,500, he’s confident that they will perform well. “I’m honestly more worried about Mik than I am about anyone else,” Kramer joked.
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JUDGES BY THE NUMBERS
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
BASEBALL TEAM STATS
Runs Batted In
Not including Monday’s game. UAA Conference W L Case 5 3 Wash 5 3 Emory 4 4 Rochester 4 4 JUDGES 2 6 Chicago 0 0
W 22 20 20 13 10 16
Overall L Pct. 9 .710 11 .645 15 .571 14 .464 19 .345 8 .667
UPCOMING GAMES: Tomorrow at Bowdoin Thursday vs. Gordon Friday vs. Salve Regina
Kyle Brenner ’15 leads the team with 14 RBIs. Player RBI Kyle Brenner 14 Chris Ferro 13 Liam O’Connor 13 Dan Gad 12
Strikeouts Mike Swerdloff ’13 and Kyle Brenner ’15 lead with 34 Ks. Player Ks Mike Swerdloff 34 Kyle Brenner 34 Dylan Britton 23 Elio Fernandez 7
SOFTBALL UAA STANDINGS
Not including Monday’s game.
Runs Batted In
UAA Conference Emory WashU JUDGES Case Rochester Chicago
W 8 5 3 3 1 0
L 0 3 5 5 7 0
Overall W 39 25 20 20 11 13
L 3 9 11 13 16 11
Pct. .929 .735 .645 .606 .407 .542
UPCOMING GAMES: Thursday vs. Worcester State (2) Saturday vs. Bowdoin (2) Sunday vs. Eastern Conn. St. (2)
Danielle Novotny ’16 leads the squad with 25 RBIs. Player RBI Danielle Novotny 25 Cori Coleman 19 Anya Kamber 17 Madison Gagnon 15
Strikeouts Melissa Nolan ’14 leads all pitchers with 55 strikeouts. Player Ks Melissa Nolan 55 Casey Ducinski 46 Nikki Cote 43
(2) = Double header
TRACK AND FIELD Results from the Fitchburg State Invitational at Fitchburg State University.
TOP PERFORMERS (Men’s)
TOP PERFORMERS (Women’s)
800-METER RUN TIME Michael Rosenbach 2:00.97 Grady Ward 2:01.96 Greg Bray 2:02.47
1500-METER RUN TIME Maggie Hensel 5:04.13 Nora Owens 5:18.23 Rachel Keller 5:24.69
100-METER DASH TIME Jacob Wilhoite 12.11 Galen Karlan-Mason 12.21 Kensai Hughes 12.32
800-METER RUN TIME Kelsey Whitaker 2:24.24 Gabriella Guillette 2:45.52
Moore recognized for talents with new honor
■ LauraBen Moore ’14, who
picked up the game of rugby less than two years ago, was recently named to a top team. By JEFFREY BOXER
The Judges will next compete at the University Athletic Association Championships to be held Saturday and Sunday at New York University.
TENNIS Updated season results.
TOP PERFORMERS (Men’s)
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURABEN MOORE
GOING FOR THE BALL: LauraBen Moore ’14 (left) was recently named to the 38-member Women’s Junior All-American Team.
TOP PERFORMERS (Women’s)
MEN’S SINGLES Steven Milo
WOMEN’S SINGLES Carley Cooke
MEN’S DOUBLES Jordan/Milo
WOMEN’S DOUBLES Cooke/Broderick
UPCOMING MATCH: The men’s tennis team will battle Clark Univesity today at 3 p.m., while both squads will play in the University Athletic Association Championships Thursday through Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
Today, LauraBen Moore ’14 is an All-American. She is the public relations officer for the Brandeis women’s rugby football club and a regular player on Beantown, Boston’s Women’s Premier League rugby team. Yet, less than two years ago, Moore was none of those things. She was new—at Brandeis and at rugby. She was a kid who had a bold prediction: “We’re going to win this game.” As far as guarantees go, that promise before Moore’s first collegiate game was as ambitious as they come. Heading into the fall 2011 season, the Brandeis team had grown accustomed to losing. The squad had gone so long without winning that not a single team member at that time had ever tasted victory. Moore decided it was time for a change. “She said ‘We are going to win this game,’ and everyone said ‘Ok, that’s
cute,’” coach Matt Cameron said. In fact, they won handily, beating Framingham State University 27-5. “First thing she said when she walked off the field was ‘I told you so,’” Cameron added. Nineteen months later, the team has kept the winning tradition alive. After winning games in Division IV, Brandeis moved up to Division III this fall and qualified for the playoffs. Next season, the squad will be compete in Division II. “The team as a whole is growing incredibly, and it’s a really exciting time to be a part of it,” Moore said. Additionally, Moore has begun to accumulate individual accolades. She joined Beantown last semester and began making regular appearances in the past few weeks. What happened next was even more impressive. Of the tens of thousands of women who play rugby in America, only 160 were chosen to attend one of four prestigious USA Rugby camps last month. Out of that pool, 38 were selected for the AIG Women’s Junior All-American team. Last week, Moore learned that she was one of the few that made the cut.
When that team is narrowed down to an active 26-person roster at a camp in Chula Vista, Cal., she’ll have the chance to be in the Nations Cup, a U-20 tournament that will take place in Nottingham, England in July. “She’s a very special person and a very special athlete,” Cameron said of his decision to nominate Moore. “She’s made rugby her priority.” Not that long ago, rugby was the last thing on Moore’s mind. After transferring from the University of West Georgia, she arrived at Brandeis as a sophomore. She decided to take up studies in anthropology and sculpture, and soon, began looking for a place to fit in. “I came in as a transfer and I really just needed to make some friends,” Moore said. “I hadn’t played a sport in a little while, so I thought I’d try something new. I’d never played rugby before, never touched a rugby ball, never even seen a game.” As Cameron stated, the sky is the limit for his star athlete. “Nothing would surprise me with the height of rugby that she could get to,” he said. Even the Olympics or the World Cup, “she has the drive to get there.”
BOSTON BRUINS BEAT Bruins pull out vital victory over Florida Panthers following an emotional week for Bostonians The Boston Bruins picked up a much-needed win last Sunday, cruising to a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. With the win, the Bruins moved back into the lead for the Northeast Division over the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins, after losing their past four home games, came in struggling, having gone 1-3-1 over their past five games for the first time since March 2012. However, the Bruins dominated from wire to wire to end their first winless streak of three or more games at home this season. Over the course of the win, though, fans were ecstatic, cheering for the first responders and military personnel who helped victims in last week’s bombings. The game was bookended by ceremonies to honor the first responders of last week’s events, as a
number of officers from the Watertown Police Department were on hand during the national anthem, and ending with the Bruins’ annual “Shirts off Their Back” campaign during which they honored various first responders with game-worn jerseys presented by players after the game. “It was just obviously a great feeling to be able to do it on a personal level and right on the ice in front of the fans,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “It wasn’t as much for us as it was for them. To be able to recognize them and thank them in front of the fans and people who were watching on TV.” Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who had an assist on an empty net goal that sealed the game, noted the importance of the win both for the Bruins and for the city of Boston. “Especially this time of year, we
need the wins, but also we know for the city it takes the minds off of everything that’s happened the past week, so we’re all aware of that, but also it’s good momentum for us going towards the playoffs,” he said. The fans were given plenty to cheer for just over three minutes into the game, as the Panthers turned the puck over deep in their own zone. The puck found its way to the stick of Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr, who fired a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net for an early 1-0 lead. The goal was Jagr’s second as a Bruin and 16th overall, allowing left wing Carl Soderberg to record his first NHL point with a secondary assist. From there, the Bruins dominated. Midway through the second period, rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton collected a pass from right wing
Shawn Thornton, who dove to keep the puck in the offensive zone, firing home a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Hamilton’s shot kicked off the post before crossing the goal line, bouncing out so quickly that he did not know it had even scored. “I think it was obviously big,” said Hamilton of the win, “just holding onto that one goal lead and just to get another one to kind of make sure with a little insurance.” The Bruins added a third tally late in the third period, as Brad Marchand produced an empty net goal. Goalie Tuukka Rask recorded 28 saves for the shutout and impressed coach Claude Julien. “I thought it was important for me to put him back in and say, ‘here’s an opportunity to go out and battle back. The quicker the better.’ He responded
well,” said Julien. Rask took home the honor of the first star, but there were no bigger stars than the heroes from the Boston Marathon bombings who were honored throughout the course of the game. Players and coaches alike stressed the importance of the win both as a tool to help the city heal and as a return to normalcy after a tragic event. “The last two games, it was an emotional [few] days,” said defenseman Andrew Ference. “Today was nice to end with a positive note.” “It’s another opportunity, but I think things have kind of settled down now and people are trying to get back to [their] normal lives,” said Rask. “So, it’s time to play hockey for us.” — Avi Gold
MOORE SELECTED FOR SQUAD LauraBen Moore ’14 was picked to be on the Women’s Junior All-American Team for rugby, p. 15.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
DROPPING OUT OF THE SKY
Squad has mixed results in games ■ The softball squad won
and lost one game each in a double header against Clark in its only games this week. By BEN FREUDMAN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
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FLY BALL: Outfielder Liam O’Connor ’16 (right) reaches up to catch a ball against Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday.
Baseball splits double header with Springfield ■ The team battled the Pride
after losing to Roger Williams and splitting a double header. By ELAN KANE JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The baseball team squared off in yet another pair of doubleheaders, and they managed managed to split the four games. With their 3-0 loss last Saturday against Springfield College, the Judges ran their record to 2-3 for the week and 10-19 overall. In the second game of Saturday’s second doubleheader, the Judges fell behind early, as Springfield sophomore left fielder Brent Poulin put the Pride on the scoreboard with an RBI double in the first inning. Springfield quickly tacked on two more runs to stretch the lead to three runs. Although Brandeis starting pitcher Mike Swerdloff ’13 pitched a complete game and allowed only two earned runs, the Judges’ hitters remained silent, tallying only two hits. Swerdloff took the loss, falling to 2-5 on the year. It was a different story for the Judges in the first game of the day, as they came away with the 4-3 victory. However, the game did not start in favorable fashion, as Brandeis was in the hole once more, ceding two quick runs to Springfield in the top of the first inning. This time, the Judges responded immediately, scoring one run of their own off a RBI double from first baseman Dan Gad ’14. Though the Pride added another run in the
fifth, the Judges added three more runs to take the lead for good. Kyle Brenner ’15, who improved to 2-5 on the year with the outing, was pleased with his performance. “I felt pretty good,” Brenner said. “I left a changeup high in the zone that cost me two runs in the first. After that I stayed low and [catcher Chris Ferro ’13] called a real good game behind the plate.” Yet, Thursday provided a much different contest. The Judges committed five errors in an 8-1 loss against Roger Williams University. The Judges took the lead in the fourth inning when Brenner’s fielder’s choice scored Ferro from third. Starting pitcher Dylan Britton ’13 cruised, having only allowed one hit, until the seventh inning. The Judges made two errors that led to three unearned runs for the Hawks. Roger Williams took advantage of another Judges error in the eighth inning to add five more runs, which were all unearned. In the second game of a doubleheader last Tuesday, the Judges fell to Johnson & Wales University by a score of 6-3. The Judges scored an unearned run in the first inning when Brenner’s single up the middle scored left fielder Nick Cortese ’13 to give the Judges an early advantage and momentum going forward in the game. The Wildcats took the lead in the second, when senior designated hitter Pete Rosa hit a two-run home run. Johnson and Wales added four more insurance runs in the fifth, which was enough to win the game. The Judges used a total of four pitchers in this seven-inning game. In the first contest, Brenner
tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and tallying five strikeouts to lead Brandeis to the 5-0 victory, their first shutout of the season. The Judges struck immediately, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first off RBI hits from Gad and second baseman Tom McCarthy ’15. The Judges played small ball in the second inning, as a bunt by shortstop Brian Allen ’15 advanced third baseman Dominic Schwartz ’14 to second base. Schwartz scored off an RBI single hit by Cortese two batters later. The Judges were aggressive on the base paths in the fifth inning, leading to yet another insurance run. After Cortese hit a single, he then stole second and third base. Brenner then knocked him in with an RBI single to put the game out of reach. In addition to battling opponents on the field, the Judges have been battling themselves. A recent theme throughout the past few weeks has been inconsistency, as they have yet to put together a win streak of more than two games this season, going 5-8 in April. McCarthy explained the how important it is for the Judges to play consistently, especially as the season winds down. “When you play consistently, you have the opportunity to go on a run, win a few in a row.” McCarthy said. “You don’t want to be losing games this late in the season when you don’t really have much of a chance to improve [your record],” he said. The Judges will look to gain some key wins down the stretch with their game tomorrow at Bowdoin College at 4:00 p.m.
The excitement began in the bottom of the seventh inning when Judges starting pitcher Melissa Nolan ’14 whacked a leadoff single straight up the middle. With the score tied at two, the Judges hoped to split its series against Clark University last Saturday after losing the first game 9-7. Although she grounded into a fielder’s choice, shortstop Anya Kamber ’15 contributed to the effort by advancing Nolan to second base, which built the tension. With a runner in scoring position and only one out, infielder Madison Sullivan ’16 stepped into the batter’s box to try to make the most of the potential opportunity. Sullivan’s single advanced Nolan to third base. However, after Sullivan drew a throw to first base by coming off of the bag, Nolan advanced to home from the error and provided the winning third run. “I knew I needed to get the ball in play to move the runner with one out,” said Sullivan of her mentality in regards to the decisive play. “I was just trying to focus on hitting the ball to the right side of the field to advance the girl on second.” “I have had a couple game winning hits in my softball career,” she continued, “and it’s the best feeling in the world knowing how proud you made your coaches and team. I love feeling like I played a part in the victory.” The Judges, now 20-11 on the season, limited Clark to just four scattered hits in a solid defensive performance. Nolan, who began the rally to win the game went seven strong innings and struck out out seven, allowing three walks, four hits and two earned runs. She had three perfect innings, and from the third inning did not give up a hit. “It was definitely a mix of emotion,” said infielder Jordan Buscetto ’16 in reflecting on the team’s play in the day’s two games. “We were very happy to come out on top with that
win in the second game, but we were also disappointed that we couldn't pull through for the first game. We realized that the intensity needs to be there each and every game we play.” In the sixth inning, Clark played effective small ball and scored without a hit. After Cougars junior infielder Mel Melkonian drew a walk and stole second to build further suspense, she advanced to third base thanks to a fielder’s choice from Clark freshman infielder Alyssa Wright. Melkonian scored thanks to a fielding error by second baseman Danielle Novotny ’16. This sequence tied the game up at two, and eventually led to the finish. However, the Judges did not emerge victorious in the first game. Clark came soaring out of the gates, scoring four runs in the first inning. Following the first inning, the bats for both offenses were silent until the final two innings, where a combined 10 runs were scored. Clark was more productive in the final two innings than in its entire next game. 14 batters came to the plate in those two innings, accumulating six hits and four runs. Brandeis was also productive in scoring runs in those final two innings. The Judges scored six runs, including a pair of home runs that came subsequently from Sullivan and catcher Cori Coleman ’15 However, the valiant effort was not enough to overcome the five-run deficit, and the Judges ultimately fell by two runs. As the squad scored 16 runs in the first game and only five in the second, the eventful afternoon began to wear on the Judges. In the first game, every player reached base safely or drove in a run. Furthermore, in the second game, offensive efficiency proved to be the motto for the Judges. The Judges will look to continue their trend of April success when they host Worcester State University this Thursday. The Judges have won 11 games as compared to three losses this past month. They even started on a sixgame winning streak, winning four out of their last five efforts. Before April, Brandeis was just barely above a winning record, but as the season concludes, now stands at 20-11.
TRACK AND FIELD
Meets provide unique opportunities for team ■ The track and field team
sent four athletes to the Larry Ellis Invitational, while the others competed at Fitchburg. By HENRY LOUGHLIN JUSTICE EDITOR
The men’s and women’s track and field teams were all over the map this past weekend. While the majority of runners competed at the Fitchburg State Invitational at Fitchburg State University Saturday, a contingent of four distance runners made their way to Princeton University to compete in the prestigious Larry Ellis Invitational Friday. Alex Kramer ’13 headlined the
Judges’ performance at the Ellis Invite. The senior finished 36th out of 60 competitors in the Elite section of the men’s 1,500-meter run, going the distance in three minutes, 52.92 seconds, besting competitors from notable Division I programs such as Brown University, Syracuse University, Georgetown University and Iona College. “Competing at night, when the temperature is nice and being in a line with a bunch of the best guys in the country is really exciting,” Kramer said. “When you run against better competition, you’re going to run faster, so it was a great experience.” Mik Kern ’13 competed in the second section of the 1500, placing 18th out of 54 competitors with a
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JustArts Volume LXV, Number 25
Your weekly guide to arts, movies, music and everything cultural at Brandeis and beyond
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
‘I Love You, Because’ Tympanium Euphorium’s heartfelt production lightens up tense weekend P. 20
In this issue: Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Brandeis gathers to remember tragedy P. 19
Film celebrates life of beloved professor P. 20
Culture X Intercultural Center’s annual performance impresses P. 21
SPRINGFEST: Kendrick Lamar, 5 & A Dime
Q&A: Livia Bell
Student shares Festival of the Arts project P. 19
Favorite books-turned-movies P. 23
“Festival of the Arts”
TUESDAY, april 23, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
What’s happening in Arts on and off campus this week
ON-CAMPUS EVENTS A Cappella Fest
Imagine our finest student singers united in harmony. Starving Artists presents the 14th annual A Cappella Fest, featuring Ba’Note, Company B, Jewish Fella A Cappella, Manginah, Proscenium, Rather Be Giraffes, Starving Artists, Too Cheap for Instruments, Up the Octave, VoiceMale and Voices of Soul, with special guests the Lexington High School Pitch Pipes. Friday at 8 p.m. in Slosberg Music Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the Brandeis Box Office or online.
Removing The Glove
Victoria Cheah, Ph.D candidate Doctoral student explains her upcoming exhibit PHOTO COURTESY OF VICTORIA CHEAH
This week, JustArts sat down with Victoria Cheah, a Ph.D candidate studying Music Composition, to talk about her project for the upcoming Festival of the Arts. JustArts: Can you explain to me “Mirror, Mirror,” your Festival of the Arts project? Victoria Cheah: This installation consists of two designated places for communication—each one contains a parabolic dish that reflects sound to the other. In front of each “whisper dish” is a specially made instrument, which a visitor can make sounds with and communicate nonverbally with someone at the other dish. JA: Where did you get the inspiration for the project? VC: I’ve always been interested in indirect communication and weird monuments of mammoth scale—I was up late one night wasting time online and found a site about these gigantic concrete sound mirrors in Britain, which they built during the war in order to hear any enemy approaching. Something about these leftover devices struck me and I started thinking about how to use that kind of technology in a smaller-scale piece. As a musician who has terrible stage anxiety, the issue of performance, in public or in private, is also very interesting to me—I wanted to explore modes of performance that called to attention the line between private communications and public proclamation, both intentional and not. JA: What do you hope the Brandeis community will take away from the artwork? VC: I hope that those who choose to spend time with the work will have some kind of moment with it, whether a positive one connecting with a stranger or a friend or a negative one. JA: Have you been part of the Festival of the Arts in previous years? VC: Yes—last year I built a large white wooden corridor that involved sound outside the Rose Art Museum, taking a cue from the Ellsworth Kelly piece “Blue White.” It was about a physical relationship with sound and form. I wanted to change an arbitrarily defined space into something different, a guided experience. JA: How would you describe the purpose of the Brandeis’ Festival of the Arts and its significance on campus? VC: The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts is an amazing thing. The Festival is when art of all kinds really takes over the campus and becomes part of campus life for a few days. It’s so important to support emerging art—when I say art, I refer to all artistic disciplines—music, dance, visual arts, etc.—and to encourage people to interact with art, especially if they don’t make it. JA: As an artist, what kinds of works would you say represent your artistic style, either something you created or like? VC: I’m not sure if I have a style yet, but I am drawn to works by artists like Ann Hamilton, Doris Salcedo, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Serra, Caravaggio, Olafur Eliasson and composers Gérard Grisey and Salvatore Sciarrino. JA: How have your studies at Brandeis influenced your project? VC: I have been so lucky to have had the chance to take sculpture classes with Prof. Tory Fair (FA) and Prof. Deb Todd Wheeler (FA), and to learn from Prof. Jon Koppel (FA). When I was a kid I actually thought I would go into visual arts, not music, so it has been really gratifying to close the loop, so to speak. My studies in Music at Brandeis have been key to my development as an artist, especially since music is my primary medium. In my studies so far, I realized I want to develop different methods of communication and connection, which this project directly addresses. JA: Do you have a favorite class or professor at Brandeis? VC: All the professors I’ve worked with at Brandeis in the Music and Art departments have been fantastic. I’ve particularly enjoyed working as a TA for Prof. David Rakowski (MUS)—teaching is an integral part of my development as an artist and it’s been great learning from Davy. JA: What in your life has influenced you most as an artist? VC: Everything! But especially a handful of special aesthetic moments with other work, and my relationships with specific people. JA: How did you get started making art? VC: I think I’ve always made things—I desperately wanted to be a fashion designer when I was in high school. I studied piano since I was little, and really decided to get into music through my high school choir. I think I’ve never been satisfied with one discipline or tradition and have been working on my skills in several disciplines in order to find some way between them. Interdisciplinary anything begins with a deep exploration of a discipline! I’ve decided to make music my home base, but I’m interested in learning much more. —Jessie Miller
In this one-act comedy by Clarence Coo, young Will has a secret: he is lefthanded. Afraid, he’s hid this sordid fact for years. Will our hero find the strength to reveal his true nature and come out of the glove compartment? Directed by Melanie Pollock ’14 and produced by the student-run Brandeis Ensemble Theater. Friday at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium. Ages 13 and up. Tickets are available through Brandeis Tickets.
Late Night with Leonard Bernstein
Hosted by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, acclaimed soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin perform the maestro’s favorite music, including works by Copland, Confrey, Coward, Schubert and Grieg. Friday at 8 p.m. in Slosberg Music Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the Brandeis Box Office or online.
Boris’ Kitchen Really Big Really Funny Show
Brandeis’ all student-written sketch comedy will make you laugh till you cry or leave the theater in disgust. Well, if you can’t stand the heat... Friday at 8 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Tickets are $3 for the Brandeis community and $5 for general admission. Ages 16 and up.
Love in Schlossberg Village
Based on the music of Johannes Brahms, “Love in Schlossberg Village” weaves together charming choral works and folk songs into a “folk opera” about mismatched lovers. Conceived and directed by Pamela Dellal, voice instructor in the Music department. With Scott Nicholas, pianist. Costumes by Pamela Wolfe. Saturday 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library.
world, climaxing with the creation of the Furies. A new adaptation of Euripides’ “Orestes” and “Iphigenia at Tauris,” adapted and directed by Eric Hill. Translated by Prof. Leonard Muellner (CLAS) and Brandeis students; movement by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda of the Navarasa Dance Theater. Sunday at 8 p.m. in Spingold Theater Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $20 general admission and can be purchased at the Brandeis Box Office or online.
Adagio: Dance 4 Your Life
The undergraduate Adagio Dance Company performs original jazz, hiphop, modern and tap choreography. Saturday at 8 p.m. in Levin Ballroom in the Usdan Student Center. Tickets are free with Brandeis ID, $7 for general public and $12 for a reserved seat.
Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra: Catch a Rising Star
We imagine Mr. Bernstein would be delighted by the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra’s performance of Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s “Overture to Fingal’s Cave,” and Beethoven’s “Second Piano Concerto” with Wellesley’s rising star pianist Michiko Inouye. Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center.
Brandeis’ Latin American culture club, AHORA! presents Ablaze! This year, Ablaze is a carnival themed dance party showcasing the Hispanic-Latin culture. Come learn about an exciting culture while partaking in a festive night. Saturday at 10 p.m. through Sunday 2 a.m. in the International Lounge, Usdan Student Center.
Visions of an Ancient Dreamer
Imagine new visions of universal myths in a dramatic journey across time and cultures. The haunting classical Greek tales of Orestes and Iphigenia are re-imagined as twin visions of an ancient storyteller who relates the creation of the
Pop Culture Sometimes, celebrity is all in the family. Whether it’s a mother-daughter duo (Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson), a father-son pair (Martin and Charlie Sheen) or siblings (Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal), it seems like famous relations certainly aren’t a rarity. I don’t know how many of you checked out E! this past Sunday night, but another famous fam was on display—family Jonas. Season two of the eldest Jonas brother’s reality show, Married to Jonas, premiered Sunday night, bringing back Kevin Jonas and wife, Danielle, for another season of their New Jersey-based antics. The couple, who have been married for over three years, first brought cameras inside their home in 2012 to document their relations with respective in-laws. The show also serves to highlight Kevin’s career responsibilities; he is one of three members of the Jonas Brothers, a Disney-supported band composed of Kevin and two younger brothers, Joe and Nick. The brothers gained popularity in the late 2000s after starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock. Since then, the brothers have released four albums, gained a horde of teen followers and won an award for “Breakthrough Artist” at the American Music Awards. Although the brothers put their group band on hold to focus on individual careers, they have recently come back together and are planning to release a new album later this year. But enough about the brothers. Because, let’s be honest, they aren’t the stars of Married to Jonas. For those of you who have never seen the show, I’m going to share a secret: the real star is 25-year-old Danielle—or, as viewers have learned, Dani. It’s unclear what’s so compelling about her. Is it the fact that she’s girl-next-door relatable? Or maybe it’s her vulnerability and the fact that she’s sometimes insecure, which makes her so human? Or... is it her laugh? Anyway, it seems like there have
Student Events and WBRS proudly present Brandeis’ annual pre-final-exam celebration, Springfest. Students are invited to a concert with rising rap star Kendrick Lamar. Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Chapels’ Field. Admission is free for Brandeis students. Beer garden available with two forms of ID.
OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS Art Exhibit: Samurai!
This exhibit pulls from one of the best and largest collections in the world, the “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.” Featuring the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai, the exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai warrior through the centuries and examines their history. On view through August 4 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Admission ranges from free with a student ID to $25.
Opera: The Flying Dutchman
The Boston Lyric Opera Company presents this rendition of The Flying Dutchman. This production will be sung in German but projected in English. Wagner’s early masterpiece is presented in honor of his bicentennial and is recommended for mature audiences. Performances begin Friday and show through May 5 at the Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston. Tickets range from $60 to $225. Visit citicenter.org for tickets.
By Erica Cooperberg
SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE: Simpson and Lachey, now divorced, shared their marriage with the world. been a million reality shows displaying the supposed “everyday life” of married couples, ranging from actual celebrities, like on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica to famous personalities like Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann on Don’t Be Tardy. But the young Jonas couple stands out from the rest— and not just because one member of the union seems almost allergic to the idea of fame. Sure, we’ve seen Kevin and his wife bicker, but we’ve also seen the 25-year-old hurry to his wife’s aid after her involvement in a car crash. And we’ve seen the support they give
each other: he giving her confidence after the results of a photo shoot, she encouraging him with his music. We’ve seen them deal with in-laws, “discuss the pressure of having children,” and, unbelievably, admit that living in the spotlight isn’t always that easy. I can’t endorse the show as anything more than some entertainment to play in the background of dinner or a quick break from a long night of homework. But I can admit that I’m pretty impressed that the duo have been together for this long—and maybe, for that, they’re worth watching.
ARTS COVER PHOTOS: Josh Horowitz/the Justice, Xiaoyu Yang/the Justice, thecomeupshow/Flickr. DESIGN: Olivia Pobiel/the Justice.
THE JUSTICE | TUESDAY, april 23, 2013
Student shares inspiration for art project By JESSIE MILLER justice EDITOR
In anticipation of her upcoming project for the Festival of the Arts, JustArts talked with Livia Bell ’13 about her project, entitled “Structural Healing.” Bell describes her project as a commentary on the dilapidated architecture on campus and the idea of a Band-Aid as a quick fix. Bell, who took several years off before coming to Brandeis, is an Education Studies major and Sculpture minor. JustArts: What are your plans for after graduation? Livia Bell: As of right now, I’m going to be spending the summer in either Philadelphia or Seattle. In late July, early August, I’m heading to Samoa for six months to work in an art center. Basically, I’ll be teaching art classes to children and working with two artists, Wendy Percival and her husband Steve Percival. He is a documentary filmmaker and she mainly works in ceramic, but also bone carving and woodcarving. JA: Do you work in other art mediums besides sculpture? LB: I used to paint, but I don’t consider myself a painter … I would love to paint more, but I haven’t really been brave enough to go into that. We use a lot of different mediums within sculpture, which is great. Lately, I’ve been working with latex paint, but this semester I’ve also been getting into working with clay and forming the human body. JA: What is it about sculpture that initially drew you to it? LB: Specifically at Brandeis, I took a 3-D design class with Prof. Tory Fair (FA) and she made it so that it was accessible to everybody and made it clear that it was something that could be done by anybody. I didn’t feel that way about painting or drawing and I felt like I could develop my sculpture skills in a much more free environment. JA: Can you explain to me your Festival of the Arts project, “Structural Healing?” LB: I’m trying to make students more aware of what’s around them on campus and help foster this feeling of responsibility—the fact that we can help take care of our campus and make things happen. It’s also commentary on Band-Aids as an inaccessible tool in a sense that they are not the color of everybody. I wrote in my first description of the project that I read this article called “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and in it they talk about [the color of BandAids] and it’s a really amazing article. I read it years ago, but it’s still in my mind. My project is putting brick patterned Band-Aids on every building, including the new non-brick
PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVIA BELL
FIX ME UP: Bell’s project was based around the idea of using miscolored Band-Aids. buildings, to highlight the disparity between the conditions. Similar to the way a Band-Aid’s color does not reflect the skin it sits on, these Band-Aids use the universal color of brick to describe architecture in very much the same way as skin tone. JA: What else besides art helped give you the idea for your project, including the anthropology article about the knapsack you previously mentioned? LB: I was a preschool teacher before I came to Brandeis for about five years and I’m always trying to make art projects that are accessible to children and everybody. I would see these Band-Aids that had dropped on the ground and in the beginning, it wasn’t yet about the ideas I’ve developed for the project. It was just about making art that was accessible to all—people who would recognize what that is and hopefully ignite some spark in them. That’s kind of my idea with children—I’m always trying to encourage them to create and express themselves through whatever they choose. A lot of what I do in art is me being a teacher through my art. JA: What do you hope the Brandeis community will take away from your project? LB: I’m hoping that they see it as
something that they can partly appreciate as something interesting and accessible. There’s also the social justice factor aspect of it and wanting people to see a difference between the buildings that are repaired, newer, and the ones that are dilapidated. Ignite that sense of responsibility for our campus. JA: Have you been part of the festival in previous years? LB: No. Last year, I helped my friend Sarah Hershon ’14, who was the “yarn bomber.” I didn’t have a big enough idea until this year. JA: Could you describe previous sculptures you’ve created or any projects similar to this? LB: I haven’t worked with latex paint before and this is the first time I’ve attempted to create large BandAids. I did another large-scale sculpture three semesters ago, which was an eight by eight umbrella and represented a form of shelter because that was an assignment for a class. It was so much fun to make something so giant. Mostly what I do are things in smaller scale. I like working with my hands a lot and forming things. JA: What’s your favorite class you have taken at Brandeis? LB: I would have to say “Implicating the Body in Sculpture” with Tory Fair. Basically, we get to form bod-
ies with our hands or we get to cast pieces of our body or someone else’s. It’s an exploration class and we got to experience all these different materials and body parts. JA: How would you describe the purpose of the Festival of the Arts and its significance on campus? LB: I think it is Brandeis giving students an opportunity to do art and feel supported when they do it. In sculpture, it’s really difficult to find funding and the money to pay for everything you need, as well as the advisers that the festival supplies who are rooting for you. That’s what you’re getting with the festival— these people who are saying yes, we do believe in this project that you want to do and we see the merit in it, so let’s make it happen. JA: Do you have a particular memory or moment in your past that inspired you to do sculptures? LB: When I was younger, I would go to this camp at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in California, and we would be doing art including sculpture. I would be sitting at the table and I would want to spend hours more doing this project. My favorite project I made was a giant giraffe out of toilet paper tubes and my mom kept it for like 10 years. I can still see that image in my head, how proud of myself I was that I made that. It wasn’t even whether it was a good giraffe, but that I made the giraffe and someone appreciated it. JA: If you could describe your art style in one or a few words what would it be? LB: Accessible and interactive are the two words I would go with because that’s how I like to experience art. At the museum, if I could, I would go up and touch every painting but obviously I can’t. With my art, I want everyone to think that they can touch the Band-Aids, and experience what they feel and look like in every aspect. JA: Is there any particular piece of artwork at the Rose Art Museum that you identify with? LB: Most recently, what I can think of is when they put the mirrors on the ground. It was just the fact that the mirrors were something people could come in and break. I love a lot of the artwork there but because of the sculpture aspect of me, [the floor] was like a huge sculpture to me. JA: Is there any particular artist who has impacted you as an individual and artist? LB: I’ve been working a lot with Prof. Deb Wheeler (FA). She’s been really influential. We don’t have similar artistic styles, but it’s just the way she thinks about her art, the pace at which she does things and it’s great to have another artist on cam-
pus to work with. JA: Are there any other experiences you have had that have impacted you as an artist? LB: It took me a long time to come to this point in my thinking about art and being able to even apply for a grant for the Festival of the Arts and thinking that I could do this largescale project. Part of it is obviously that I took a break and then came back to college and had all these life experiences in between, which really changed me for the better. It’s also that my brother is an amazing artist, so I’ve had that around me my whole life and being able to see what he can do has been a big positive influence on me. JA: What was the biggest challenge you faced while creating “Structural Healing?” LB: It has been a series of challenges. I started the project last semester before getting the Festival of the Arts grant. It took me all last semester to figure out the right paint to use for the Band-Aids. So I would say the entire project has been a challenge that I was not willing to give up on. JA: Is there any one sculpture you have done that was the most challenging to create? LB: I guess it would be this project because it’s something that is so in the public eye and that’s a big deal for me. Usually, projects are small and internal, but now I am throwing it out there and hoping that everyone appreciates it. But if they don’t appreciate it, that’s great too. Whatever they have to say about it because I just want them to have something to say. Making this project has taken a lot out of me—in a good way. JA: Do you have any piece of artwork that stands out in your mind as more meaningful, or a favorite? LB: Yeah, I’m working on something right now that I feel very connected to. It is part of a series I’m starting to do—the transformation from liquid to a solid. I’m trying to form liquids into clay or hard materials, and then that liquid is going into the form of a woman. I’ve made two so far. One of them is this woman who is a big woman and it looks like she has been poured into a mug. She’s made out of bronze. There is another woman that is in the form of a stream of water. I’m going to make her out of wax. They are small pieces and every mark I’ve made with my hands and I feel very invested in the project. JA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? LB: I see myself, hopefully, making art or opening an art-based daycare somewhere where that usually wouldn’t be available to children and families because that’s usually only in affluent areas.
anticipating the FESTival of the arts
OLIVIA POBIEL/the Justice
As part of the Festival of the Arts, Naomi Shine ’15 wrote what she imagined and wanted the world to be, then placed the strip of paper into a plastic globe to be hung in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. In addition, the festival is hosting a community sing- along on Thursday at noon in the Atrium. Ben Lovenheim ’15 ad Laura Jo Trexler MFA ’14 will lead the community in singing “Imagine” by John Lennon.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
WELCOME TO THE BIG APPLE: Austin Bennett (Nick Maletta ’13)
slowly rebuilds his life after his longtime girlfriend cheats on him. PHOTOS BY JOSH HOROWITZ/the Justice
Charming play explores love and friendship By BRITTANY JOYCE JUSTICE EDITOR
Romantic comedy meets Pride and Prejudice meets Broadway is the best way to describe Tympanium Euphorium’s presentation of I Love You Because this past weekend. The musical is loosely based on Jane Austen’s classic novel but set in modern-day New York City. With schemes to win back or get over exes that could only end badly and a friends-withbenefits relationship thrown into the mix, I Love You Because has all the makings of any romantic comedy and delivers the predictable yet feel-good ending expected from any film in that genre. The show centers on four characters as they try to get over heartbreak or help their friends get over it. Austin Bennett (Nick Maletta ’13) begins the play in love and ready for another romantic evening, only to discover that his beloved girlfriend has been cheating on him. He seeks comfort from his brother Jeff (Ray Trott ’16), who sets him on a plan to forget about his girlfriend in an effort to win her back. The pair collides with best friends Marcy Fitzwilliams (Tamar FormanGejrot ’16) and Diana Bingley (Bethany Adam ’15) as Diana attempts to find the perfect rebound relationship for Marcy. In true romantic comedy fashion, the two attempt to use each other for their own personal reasons only to end up actually liking each other in the end. Maletta and Forman-Gejrot’s relationship was the main focus of the play, and despite problems with their chemistry and Forman-
Gejrot’s vocals, I was invested in the outcome of their relationship. The sweetness with which Maletta sang “Maybe We Just Made Love” only made the next scene, during which Forman-Gejrot rejects his feelings, that much worse. While all the actors conveyed their respective sadness in the song “But I Do,” Adam really stands out as the best at being able to adeptly portray her character’s feelings; in this scene, she showed Diana’s heartbreak clearly, while at other times her facial expressions added to the humor of a scene. “The Actuary Song,” sung by Adam, was one of my favorites because Adam rattled off quick lines, singing about the math behind relationships. Her matter-of-fact presentation of relationships and rebound times as variables, coupled with Forman-Gejrot’s character’s confusion, made for a humorous scene near the beginning of the play. Another highlight was Adam’s relationship with Trott. Trott was responsible for more humorous dialogue in the play because his character was a goofy older brother who always says the wrong word, and Trott was not afraid to play up this character and go for the funny moments. His duet with Adam, “We’re Just Friends,” which talks about their friendswith-benefits relationship, adds humor in between the more serious, awkward scenes of Maletta and Forman-Gejrot’s romantic entanglement and is also one of the high points of the show. Outside of these characters, Rita Coté ’15 stands out as the bartender and other miscellaneous New York women and is inexplicably in the smaller background
role of the play, though she has one of the best voices of the actors and displays plenty of charisma in her short times on stage. She and Danny Steinberg ’15 also have some of the best chemistry of any of the couples, and I found myself hoping they too would get together in the end. Steinberg’s vocals are more fitting to his smaller role, but he more than makes up for it with personality in his brief moments on stage. The two show this off best in one of my favorite songs, “What Do We Do It For?”, as they commiserate with Forman-Gejrot and Adam on failed relationships. Though they are unnamed background characters, their narrator-like roles brought a different dimension of talent and humor to the show. The stage itself, designed by Robbie Steinberg ’13, consisted of three rotating mini-stages that divided up the main locations of the play. In between scenes, each section would be rotated to reveal a coffee shop, apartment, bar or the street front, as necessary. When each section was turned to reveal storefronts, skyscraper-like city lighting was projected onto the back curtain to mimic the city at night. The set was simple yet effective, taking the characters to different locations easily and quite quickly. I Love You Because was a lighthearted musical that succeeded because of the actors’ ability to bring the audience into their emotions, and though not all vocals were up to par, the fun nature of the show did not require it. Fastpaced and sweet, the show never took itself too seriously, allowing all to enjoy the cute songs and funny dialogue.
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: Jeff (Ray Trott ’16) gives his love interest Diana (Bethany Adam ’15) a smooch. They claim to be ‘just friends’ despite their obvious chemistry.
CLEANING ATTACK: Trott’s goofy antics added a perfect amount of humor to the show, contrasting with the more serious themes of love and heartbreak.
Film chronicles professor’s fight for social justice By RACHEL HUGHES JUSTICE EDITOR
In a very spirited gathering celebrating one of Brandeis’ own, the 2013 documentary film ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power made its New England premiere last Wednesday evening in the Wasserman Cinematheque of the Sachar International Center. The film centers around Justice Clarence Thomas’ election to the Supreme Court in 1991 and the way that Prof. Anita Hill’s (Heller) brave outspokenness during the election spawned her now-infamous legacy as a political and feminist activist. It officially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January. Wednesday’s screening was heavily attended by Brandeis faculty, administrators and affiliates, as well as by a handful of students. Following the film, the audience stayed for a talkback with its director, Freida Mock, as well as Anita Hill herself, who is now a senior advisor to the provost and a professor of Social Policy, Law and Women and Gender Studies here at Brandeis. University President Frederick Lawrence deliv-
ered a gracious introduction sharing, “When I’m in a room with Anita Hill, I can say she is the person I have known the longest and who has known me the longest,” and praising her “ability to speak truth to power,” and warmly adding, “I’m the better for it.” The film itself was a mindfully crafted cinematic experience—a pastiche of footage and photographs from the original 1991 hearing of Hill’s statement speaking out against Thomas’ sexual harassment of her, and interviews with Hill’s colleagues and family, as well as other footage from events in her activism, teaching and law careers. Spanning Hill’s early college years to the present day, all of these film snippets were connected into a chronologically sensible storyline that Hill narrated. The film began with a shot of her office telephone while the viewer listened to the actual infamous voicemail from 2010. The message featured Ginny Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, begging Hill to apologize for “all the things you did to my husband back in ’91,” and ending with a chipper “Have a nice day!”—at which point the audi-
ence errupted into laughter. The film was most heavily based in explaining to viewers what actually happened during the 1991 hearing from Hill’s firsthand experience— an explanation now almost 20 years overdue. Taking a step back from Ginny Thomas’ odd phone call— which, as Hill comically explained in the talkback, she received at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning—the film then focused on Hill’s early career. She first developed a professional relationship with Justice Thomas while working with him during his time in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the early 1980s. It was there that Hill became the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace—something that is, even today, too often overlooked and even accepted—the victim of Thomas’ crude and demeaning comments on a daily basis. As a professional who was both African-American and female in the 1980s, Hill was highly aware of the social confines that trapped her; previously, no woman in her position had a voice to use against this sort of harassment. After this carefully constructed introduc-
tion, the film moved on to show how Hill combated her circumstances and how she proudly claimed her voice. The film explains Hill’s earnest, morally upright intentions in sending her statement about Thomas’ inexcusable behavior to the federal government upon being interviewed about her former boss, who had just been nominated to become a Supreme Court Justice. By chronicling the ensuing hearing, the film also explained the circumstances that Hill faced in trying to maintain and deliver the truth—unrelenting scrutiny from a panel of over 20 middle-aged, Caucasian, male members of Congress, most of whom would rather not have given Hill an audience in the first place. While most media coverage at the time of the hearing more readily broadcasted generalized stories or even aligned its views with those of the officials on the panel, Mock’s film approached the hearing with the thoughtfulness and decency that Hill deserved. The film showed Hill’s parents arriving at the hearing and hugging their daughter, sitting confidently as the men made every at-
tempt possible to slash her character. The entirety of the film solidified the image of Hill—a strong, honorable and honest woman, the kind of woman who is a parent’s pride and joy, and whose strength can anchor a family. Moving away from the relatively brief hearing that had such an impact on Hill’s career trajectory, the film took care to construct a transitional conclusion, focusing on Hill’s work empowering young women through knowledge, activism and example. During the talkback, she explained how crucial her work is, saying: “they are growing up in a society that sends them very conflicting messages… [but] in the end, what any of us have is our authentic selves.” In a way, though the film was really about Hill’s legacy, it also embodied the spirit of Brandeis, the reason we all look fondly upon our alma mater. Brandeis breeds the kind of young men and women who will follow in Hill’s footsteps, and step up where injustice reigns. Mock, looking fondly at the subject of her film, perhaps said this best during the talkback, “You have a national treasure at this school [in Anita Hill.].”
THE JUSTICE | TUESDAY, april 23, 2013
Culture X 2013 is “best show to date”
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PASS THE MIC: From left, Clarence Lee ’13, Will Cheon ’15 and Clarence Lee ’15, sung harmonic variations on popular songs.
By EMILY WISHINGRAD justice editorial assistant
On Saturday evening, Culture X lit up the night with a fantastic compilation of cultural dance and music performances in Levin Ballroom. The Brandeis student body obviously knew they were in for something special, because it was one of the biggest crowds I have seen in the ballroom. No single culture was in the spotlight during the show—one could say that it was the Brandeis culture that was on display at Culture X. The show’s program stated that Culture X’s mission was to “celebrate the diversity that exists within the Brandeis community,” and this was executed with incredible success. Alex Esakof ’16 started off the show with a light performance. The program comically described this performance as “just a dude swinging things in the dark.” The spinning spirals of color were mesmerizing and soothing. The spirals moved clockwise one second and then, without pause, would switch direction. It was the perfect introductory piece to get the crowd excited for the rest of the show. One of the more unique performances of the night put a twist on a traditional Filipino dance, performed by the South East Asia Club Tinikling Group. Two students crouched on the floor holding two long, wooden sticks between them.
The students tapped rhythms on the ground with the stick while, above them, a couple danced in between and outside of the sticks in coordination with the sticks’ movement. The first vocal performance of the night, “Will and James Present: The Namjas” gave the audience a beautiful mix of complex harmonies. The three performers, James Lee ’13, Will Cheon ’15 and Clarence Lee ’15, sat onstage in a very unassuming manner. Clarence played the guitar and sang, while Cheon and Lee added their vocals to the songs as well. Though there were some technical difficulties, the three men handled it with style and were not a bit flustered by the mishap. Brandeis’ step team, So Unique, performed a piece that combined rhythm and skilled dance. There was no background music—the dancers made their own music by clapping and stomping in perfectly coordinated motions. At one point, the group separated itself into three smaller groups and each group did their own step dance, impressively maintaining one unified rhythm. The crowd was shouting and hollering their friends’ names the whole time. Later, Brandeis Asian American Student Association presented Project BAASA, an upbeat dance performed by 13 Brandeisians. The program mentioned that the group’s main goal is to “disprove stereotypes, especially the image of a quiet student” and to show that “Asian
Americans can be talented and confident.” The group danced to hiphop and rap music and had an aura of confidence about them the whole time. Even their outfits—bright red shirts and distressed jeans—showed that they were definitely not the image of the “quiet [Asian] student,” as the program explains. Members of the Adagio Dance Ensemble performed a dance to Ellie Goulding’s emotional ballad “Joy,” choreographed by Morgan Conley ’13. This beautiful dance was a nice contrast to BAASA’s much louder and more energetic display. The dancers leapt and twirled across the stage to Goulding’s dreamy music, their movements smooth, fluid and reminiscent of ballet. Toward the end of the show, one of Brandeis’ most popular dance groups, KAOS Kids, presented a dance: “Channel KAOS.” The performance was spectacular—amusing, creative and technically perfect—it was clear that the group had spent hours perfecting their moves. They danced to TV show themes, including Spongebob Squarepants and America’s Next Top Model. I sat with my jaw dropped, spellbound by their talent, energy and technique. The show’s hosts D’Andre Young ’15 and Naya Stevens ’15 said this might have been one of the best Culture X shows to date. Although this was my first year attending Culture X, I can’t imagine a better show than this one.
GOLDEN GIRLS: Five students performed a classical Indian dance, called “Laasya,” in impressive traditional costumes.
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HANDS UP: Five students fused African beats with American hits to present a dance that shows cultural hybridization in action.
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO: The Brandeis Argentine Tango Society shared their passion for this highenergy dance in a performance featuring five pairs. JOSHUA LINTON/the Justice
TUESDAY, April 23, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
Program commemorates uprisings
ALL TOGETHER, NOW: Newton’s Temple Emanuel choir sings Yiddish songs that were written in Warsaw. ALLISON CLEARS/the Justice
By Rachel Hughes justice editor
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the uprisings in the Warsaw Ghetto, the University hosted a performance in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall this past Sunday. The performance, titled “A Legacy of Endurance and Courage: The Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-43,” featured Yiddish songs and historical texts. University President Frederick Lawrence’s wife, Prof. Kathy Lawrence (ENG) narrated the performance, alongside Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Susanne Klingenstein. A largely adult audience of formally dressed viewers attended and sat diligently through the program, reliving the legacy of those who were imprisoned in the ghetto. For many in the audience, this included departed family and friends. Klingenstein opened the performance saying, “By telling the story of the Warsaw Ghetto, we’ve fulfilled the command of passing onto the next generation a story of courage and model behavior.” She explained the thoughtful organization of the performance into six segments, each of which highlighted a different part of the history and included a text reading and a musical performance. The program began
with a section titled “Jewish Warsaw in the 1930s” and moved to “The Ghetto in 1940-41,” “The Ghetto in 1941-42,” “The Deportations of 1942,” “The Uprisings of January and April 1943” and concluded with “Moral Resistance: One German Officer in 1943-44.” Klingenstein’s narration between components of the performance provided a sensitive, compelling narrative of the history in the ghetto. There was a certain reverence in her voice as she explained the severity of the tragedies
that occurred in the ghetto to the audience, providing statistical support. The ghetto, she said, was created and sealed off in Warsaw, a place where Jews had been living in peace and prosperity for almost 500 years prior. The Germans forced 400,000 people into the space, which was about three times the size of the Brandeis campus. These numbers average out to almost 30 people living in each shoddy apartment, many of which quickly starved to death.
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SPEAK NOW: Susanne Klingenstein provides narration between text readings and musical performances that root the entire performance in the events’ history.
Though the entire performance moved with an air of gravity and veneration, the musical pieces were performed with a beautiful range of emotional tones, underscoring the personal connection the performers felt to the story they were telling. A professional opera singer, mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux, delivered several soulful renditions of Yiddish songs that were written and sung in the ghetto, showing the passion, desperation and hope that the people clung to as they fought for their lives. Eugenia Gerstein, a music teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, provided piano accompaniment for Michaux’s vocals and conducted the Temple Emanuel choir, which came from Newton to perform many of the powerful songs. The might of their voices together, proclaiming the misery and injustice that plagued their people, was a powerful display and a highlight of the overall performance. Young composer and Brookline, Mass. native Jeremiah Klarman accompanied the performances, and Temple Emanuel’s Cantor Elias Rosemberg performed alongside the choir as well. I found the fourth segment of the performance, “The Deportations of 1942,” to be one of the most compelling, as Kathy Lawrence read diligently from an excerpt of the diary of Polish-Jewish engineer and Senator to the Nazi-
appointed Jewish Council Adam Czerniakow. The diary entry selected was from the last letter Czerniakow wrote to the men whom he worked alongside, explaining his decision to take his own life: he could not bear to execute the Nazis’ order to kill the Jewish children in the ghetto. Klingenstein explained that, in the entry’s original German, the word that Czerniakow used to describe the mass murders as “wrong” connotes a heavier sense of injustice— that the crimes committed against the Jews in the ghetto were not just crimes against humanity but inexcusable trespasses against God. This reading was followed by the choir’s performance of two moving songs, “Dremlen Feygl” and “Butterfly,” both composed by people who lived in the ghetto, pitying and cherishing the children who were trapped there. Upon Klingenstein’s uttering of “for the children” as she introduced the music, the room fell especially silent. Though it has been almost threequarters of a century since the horrific events that occurred in the Warsaw Ghetto, the world will never forget. At the end of the performance, with a quieted, but firm stance, Klingenstein left the audience with something to take away from the memories that were roused by the afternoon, saying wisely: “Only the young can attempt to overcome the vile actions of the past.”
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THE JUSTICE | TUESDAY, April 23, 2013
Editors’ Picks: Books-turned-movies First book in the thrilling trilogy hits it off in movie form In the summer of 2010, I became obsessed with Stieg Larsson’s Millennium book trilogy, the first of which is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I quickly devoured the books and, shortly afterward, heard the producers were starting production on an American movie version of the first book. David Fincher (The Social Network) donned his director’s cap for this movie, which came out in 2011. I was simultaneously looking forward to and dreading this adaptation. One of my favorite parts about the book was that Larsson described the scenes he wrote in such great detail that I was able to easily imagine exactly what was going on, but with my brain filling in the tiny, unmentioned details—something I love about books. So, I worried about how the detail-rich text would translate into a movie—a problem all book-to-movie adaptations face. Fincher’s interpretation of the book was spot-on: He captured the anxiety-ridden and eerie setting created by Larsson’s words and perfectly altered them to suit his medium. Because the novel was lengthy, there were some plot points and details left out of the movie, but I did not find myself wishing that a specific part had been represented that wasn’t. Also, I found that I cared more about Fincher’s adept representation of the feel of the novel than every tiny detail being exactly the same as the book. This was one of the best book-tomovie adaptations I have seen. —Marielle Temkin
DRAGON TATTOO: Actress Rooney Mara stars as the main character.
Hunger Games venture fails to adapt into an action-packed film Lionsgate/MCT
STARVING FOR SUCCESS: The movie version of The Hunger Games isn’t exciting.
The movie The Hunger Games, based on the first book of a popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins, does an excellent job representing the grim, dystopian world described by the novel. The makeup and special effects are fantastic and the fight scenes got my heart racing in a way that I wasn’t necessarily expecting from a movie rated PG-13. However, the movie is brought down a rung by poor acting and a lack of character development. While Jennifer Lawrence has been rightly awarded plaudits for her roles in other movies like Silver Linings Playbook and Winter’s Bone, her portrayal of Katniss—the protagonist—falls flat on the big screen. Lawrence gets the fighting and action right, and she looks great while doing it, but when she tries to push through the
emotion that is a big part of the character in the novel, she seems monotone and unengaging. Lawrence’s co-stars, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, seem similarly emotionally detached; Katniss and Peeta’s (Hutcherson) relationship just doesn’t pop with the same level of melodrama that the book showcases. Gale (Hemsworth) seems slightly more authentic, but it still seems like Hemsworth is there more for his good looks than his acting ability (after all, we’re talking about an actor who’s previous biggest role was in Knowing—a Nicolas Cage movie.) Overall, I found that the bad acting made it hard for me to enjoy the movie, despite the fact that the filmmakers successfully created a beautiful and haunting world that mirrored the novel well. —Sam Mintz
Classic romance novel evolves well
A Walk to Remember, a 1999 romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, tells the story of an unexpected love that blossoms between two high school seniors from complete opposite ends of the social spectrum. Landon Carter (Shane West), who is class president and considerably popular, is required to ask a girl to the school dance due to his position. He asks Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) and after she changes Landon’s life and priorities, Landon learns that she is terminally ill with leukemia. The 2002 film, directed by Adam Shankman, was based on Sparks’ best-selling novel. Due to the fact that the film takes place in the 1990s and the novel takes place in the 1950s, Landon’s character becomes more delinquent and troubled in the film, but Jamie is more similar to her original character. Moore plays the role perfectly with a shy yet confident air; she is quiet and sweet, while also being poised and determined. “Only Hope,” a song by Switchfoot, was performed by Moore, whose vocal performance is incredibly touching lyrically— listening to her dulcet sound adds to the experience. West’s performance is just as convincing. West is able to transform himself from a teenage boy trapped by social expectations of high school to a young gentleman who would do anything for the love of his life. The extent to which Jamie changes West’s life in the film is more exaggerated due to his previous actions and family situation, making it a more touching experience. I suggest either reading the novel or watching the film to see how the story pans out. Your perspective on what is most important in life will change. Take
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YOUNG LOVE: Fiction writer Nicholas Sparks’ novel about two teens who fall in love under trying circumstances is also a good movie. it from me. I am not a fan of romantic novels, specifically those by Sparks such as The Notebook. For me, however, the film was certainly more effective in getting the point across, specifically due to the use of a score and the musical choices throughout the film. —Marissa Ditkowsky
Film adaption still entertains I read the book version of It’s Kind Of A Funny Story in my rebellious, lost soul days of high school, and I immediately connected with the main character, Craig. Written by Ned Vizzini and based off of his own psychiatric hospitalization, the book chronicles Craig’s rehabilitation after being hospitalized for depression, among other things. While in the hospital, he meets an array of other patients—all of whom have their own psychological issues. Vizzini develops the characters with expertise and precision and I was completely consumed by the novel. Not only did I love the storyline, but the novel also reveals themes about mental illness, growing up and problems we face that I have kept with me since then. When I saw that the movie version was coming out, starring Emma Roberts, Keir Gilchrist and Zach Galifianakis, I could not wait to see it. I watched the movie with my little sister and though the performances of all the actors were great, it was much less hard-hitting than I had hoped. But I think it comes down to the fact that the book had such a profound effect on me and had already left a powerful mental image that a movie version couldn’t live up to. With that said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie version and appreciate its existence. —Jessie Miller
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MENTAL IMAGE: Ned Vizzini’s self-inspired novel pursues sensitive topics.
FLOWER POWER: Perks is equally enchanting in book and movie form.
Chbosky’s coming of age themed novel makes a powerful translation to film On the surface, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a novel written by Stephen Chbosky and adapted for the big screen this past November, represents the typical coming-of-age narrative. Charlie, the protagonist, struggles to adapt in the “survival of the fittest” environment of high school, and along the way, overcomes
adversity with a fiercely loyal friend group. Yet, as one embarks on this cinematic journey, it is anything but a cookie-cutter film. Even though I had read the novel three years prior, Chbosky reeled me in. Logan Lerman, acting as Charlie, stirringly displayed the rapid and troubling emotional
growth of his character. I quickly became immersed, applauding Charlie’s accomplishments while tearing up at his struggles. Yet, I also developed that intimate emotional connection with Sam and Patrick, Charlie’s two “guardian angels,” played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller respectively. It is tough for any director to connect
with a teen audience and depict the intricacies of high school life. I felt as if Chbosky, though, did just that. The signature track of the film was “Heroes” by David Bowie, and throughout the film, we see how the most familiar host of characters—the popular beauty, the Harvard-bound intellectual and the outspoken
yet troubled gay friend—can be heroes in their own right. Yes, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stand as the icons of a genre; however, for me, Perks and its powerful representation of the difficulties of teen life should stand right alongside both. —Adam Rabinowitz
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
ARTS ON VIEW: PETS
Quote of the week “As we return to our routines, all of us at Brandeis express our profound gratitude to [Director of Public Safety] Ed Callahan and his dedicated team of police officers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our campus remains safe and secure.”
Top 10s for the week ending April 22 BOX OFFICE
1. Oblivion 2. 42 3. The Croods 4. Scary Movie V 5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 6. The Place Beyond the Pines 7. Olympus Has Fallen 8. Evil Dead 9. Jurassic Park 3D 10. Oz the Great and Powerful
—Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel (News, p. 1)
What was your experience during the lockdown on Friday?
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Jake Cohen ’15 “I spent the lockdown with friends so I was safe. I still felt scared and worried for Watertown.”
PAWS UP: While celebrating Channukah last December, Photography Editor Olivia Pobiel ’15 took this photograph of her friend’s adorable cat, Madison, while she was taking a “catnap” in her owner’s arms.
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“My first thought was my residents are going crazy with classes canceled. I was freaking out for my own safety getting back to campus. When I got back I realized everything was OK.”
Max Xu ’13
“I’m off campus so when I heard about the lockdown I knew I’d be in my house with my friends. I was a little worried about my friends on campus.”
Stephanie Anciro ’16 “My initial reaction was: Who keeps opening the doors; don’t let them in! My second reaction was what about Culture X?”
ACROSS 1 Rebounding sound 5 Early newspaper magnate 11 “So-o-o cute!” sounds 14 Vietnam neighbor 15 List of printing mistakes 16 Game, __, match 17 WANTED: Dimwitted loiterer, for pietasting without intent to buy 19 __ urchin 20 Año Nuevo month 21 Popular exercise choice 23 WANTED: Boy on the run, for unwanted kissing 27 Fun and games 29 Uncle’s mate 30 Singles 31 Dart thrower’s asset 32 Turn off, as the lights 33 Crime lab evidence, briefly 35 WANTED: Delinquent minor, for breaking curfew and inappropriate dress 41 Isn’t missing 42 Bump into 43 __ sequitur: illogical conclusion 44 Church recess 47 Up to the task 48 Do bar work 49 WANTED: Musical shepherd, for sleeping on the job 53 Harrison Ford’s “Star Wars” role 54 Dispenser of theater programs 57 Pasta suffix 58 WANTED: Merry monarch, for smoke pollution with his pipe 62 Mythical giant bird 63 Takes care of 64 Charity donations 65 “For shame!” 66 Came next 67 Digs made of twigs DOWN 1 Otherwise 2 Brother of Abel 3 Dodger Stadium contest, to the Dodgers 4 Fish hawk 5 Half a giggle 6 “Thinking, thinking...” sounds 7 Onassis nickname 8 Type of missile engine 9 Small, raised porch in front of a door 10 Dramatic ballroom dance 11 Designate, as a seat 12 Hot dog 13 Oater transports 18 Lav in Leeds 22 “Ouch!” relative, in response to a pun 24 Train tracks 25 Noisy shorebird
1. P!nk — “Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)” 2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — “Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)” 3. Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors” 4. Daft Punk — “Get Lucky [feat. Pharrell Williams]” 5. Icona Pop — “I Love It [feat. Charli XCX]”
26 Left hanging 27 Tiger’s foot 28 Untruth 32 Sorento automaker 33 Nerd 34 Picayune point to pick 36 Sharpens, as a knife 37 Wriggly 38 Space under a desk 39 Electrified particle 40 Finish 44 “Java” trumpeter 45 Baby grands, e.g. 46 Jolly old Xmas visitor 47 Homes 48 Florence native, for one 50 Free from restraint 51 Funny DeGeneres 52 Haul 55 Big shade trees 56 Break at the office 59 Sunflower St. school 60 Suffix with Israel 61 Silently assent
1. Paramore — Paramore 2. Brad Paisley — Wheelhouse 3. Justin Timberlake — The 20/20 Experience 4. Blake Shelton — Based on a True Story ... 5. Eric Church — Caught in the Act: Live 6. The Band Perry — Pioneer 7. Tyga — Hotel California 8. Lil Wayne — I Am Not A Human Being II 9. Volbeat — Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies 10. Stone Sour — House of Gold & Bones: Part 2
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STAFF’S TOP TEN
Cover Songs By JAIME KAISER Justice editoR
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Fiction 1. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting — Mary Higgins Clark 2. Don’t Go — Lisa Scottoline 3. Life After Life — Jill McCorkle 4. Unintended Consequences — Stuart Woods 5. The Burgess Boys — Elizabeth Strout Nonfiction 1. Lean In — Sheryl Sandberg 2. Give and Take — Adam Grant 3. Gulp — Mary Roach 4. Unsinkable — Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway 5. The Way of the Knife — Mark Mazzetti
Solution to last issue’s sudoku
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I’m not going to claim these covers are better than their orginals for fear of social ostracism. But they are extremely beautiful renditions of some really great songs! THE LIST 1. Free Fallin’—John Mayer 2. These Days—Nico 3. You’re So Vain—Mountain Goats 4. The Boxer—Jerry Douglas and Mumford and Sons 5. Mr. Grinch—VersaEmerge 6. War Pigs—Cake 7. Baby Got Back—Jonathan Coulton 8. Hallelujah—Jeff Buckley 9. Fast Car—Kinna Grannis and Boyce Avenue 10. All Along The Watchtower— Jimi Hendrix
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
Throughout the Week Structural Healing What if an oversized adhesive bandage could repair a flaw in the landscape? Or would it merely act as camouflage? Find Livia Bell ’13’s healing sites attached to an array of structures on campus. Various locations around campus. Mirror, Mirror Can an anonymous connection also be deeply felt? Borrowing from acoustic mirrors, religious gates and sacred spaces, Victoria Cheah Ph.D. ’16 sends you through a portal of sounds. Located on the Great Lawn. Unraveling: Epithelium Part interactive art gallery, part theatrical funhouse—you choose. Collaboration by David French ’13 and Vincent Wong ’14, with Robert Fitzgerald PB ’13 and David Yun ’14. BernsteinMarcus Building, lower level. Innermost Parts What happens when soft inner parts become exposed? Sculptors Olivia Leiter ’14 and Paul Belenky ’14 explore the dissonance of fragility combined with industrial materials. Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. It Seemed Absurd Enough, Part I Berke Goldberg ’16 performs short personal acts of domesticity daily around campus.
Imagine All The Dreamers: The Festival Begins Anything is possible at this unpredictable, improvisational performance celebrating creativity in all forms, led by students and faculty in the Brandeis School of Creative Arts. Noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.
Schedule of Events
The Transformative Power of Creativity In their annual symposium on creativity, resident scholars at the Women’s Studies Research Center discuss the egoless state of mind that can transform reality into another dimension. Panelists at this event include visual artist Linda Bond, composer and poet Cheryl Conner, actor Annette Miller, and musician Amelia LeClair. Cultural anthropologist Ellen Rovner, respondent, will also participate. Moderated by Rosie Rosenzweig, WSRC scholar. 12:30 p.m. in the Women’s Studies Research Center.
Holland Cotter: Art, Writing, Life, Writing Art Provocative and poetic, Holland Cotter is chief art critic at the New York Times and has been contributing editor at Art in America. He has written widely about non-western art and received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism “for his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling.” 5 p.m. in the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center. Theatrum Instrumentorum: Brandeis and Tufts Early Music Ensembles Imagine yourself in the European courts of the 17th century. The Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, directed by Prof. Sarah Mead (MUS), is joined by the Tufts Early Music Ensemble, directed by Jane Hershey, to present early Baroque music for a splendid array of instruments and voices. Delight to music by Schein, Praetorius, Marini, Dowland, Jenkins and more. 6 p.m. in the Berlin Chapel.
‘The Kings of Summer’ Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age story about three teens who spend their summer building a house in the woods. Their idyll quickly becomes a test of friendship. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Megan Mullally (“Community”). Sponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media program. 7 p.m. in the Wasserman Cinematheque in Sachar International Center. Admission is free. Reservation required. Contact Dona Delorenzo email@example.com. A Cappella Fest Imagine our finest student singers united in harmony. Starving Artists presents the 14th annual A Cappella Fest, featuring Ba’Note, Company B, Jewish Fella A Cappella, Manginah, Proscenium, Rather Be Giraffes, Starving Artists, Too Cheap for Instruments, Up the Octave, Voice-
Male and Voices of Soul, with special guests the Lexington High School Pitch Pipes. 8 p.m. the Hassenfeld Conference Center. Tickets are $5. Proceeds go to support a local nonprofit. Visions of an Ancient Dreamer Imagine new visions of universal myths in a dramatic journey across time and cultures. The haunting classical Greek tales of Orestes and Iphigenia are reimagined as twin visions of an ancient storyteller who relates the creation of the world, climaxing with the creation of the Furies. A new adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes and Iphigenia at Tauris, adapted and directed by Eric Hill. Translated by Prof. Leonard Muellner (CLAS) and Brandeis students; movement by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda of the Navarasa Dance Theater. 8 p.m. in Spingold Theater Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $20 general admission and can be purchased at the Brandeis Box Office or online.
Friday, April 26 Lunch and Learn with Alumni in the Arts Do you want to pursue a career in the creative arts? Join the Hiatt Career Center for a special opportunity to speak with Brandeis alumni who are pursuing diverse arts-related careers. You’ll meet Yarden Abukasis ’09, co-founder/ curatorial director, SITEBoston; Nicholas A. Brown ’10, music specialist, Library of Congress; and Lauren Elias ’10, managing director and co-founder, Hub Theatre Company of Boston. Learn how they got to where they are, and get advice for your own career path at this Lunch & Learn event. Alumni guests will represent an array of career paths and interest areas. Lunch will be provided. Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Geller Lounge in the Hassenfeld Conferenec Center. RSVP required through B.hired. BIG NAZO Mask Workshop BIG NAZO’s famed creature-making laboratory visits Brandeis for a mask-making workshop. Use foam, fabric and other materials to build your own personal creature—then join BIG NAZO in their roving performance on Sunday afternoon, lower campus. 2 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Shapiro Campus Center. Email ingrids@brandeis. edu to enroll. Opening Reception for “The Sea of Knowledge and Nonsense” As ambient light shifts through the space, a translucent cyanotype built into a functional modular tabletop reveals a previously unseen landscape. Created by Boston-based sculptor, inventor and media artist Prof. Deb Wheeler (FA), who teaches three-dimensional design at Brandeis and is represented by Ellen Miller Gallery (Boston). Supported by a gift from Eric and Debbie Green, P ’05, P ’07. 5 to 6 p.m. in Volen Center in the Shapiro Science Center. Late Night with Leonard Bernstein Hosted by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, acclaimed soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin perform the
maestro’s favorite music, including works by Copland, Confrey, Coward, Schubert and Grieg. 8 p.m. in Slosberg Music Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be purchased as the Brandeis Box Office or online. Visions of an Ancient Dreamer 8 p.m. See Thursday’s schedule. ‘Removing The Glove’ In this one-act comedy by Clarence Coo, young Will has a secret: he is left-handed. Afraid of repercussions, he’s hid this sordid fact for years. Will our hero find the strength to reveal his true nature and come out of the glove compartment? Directed by Melanie Pollock ’14 and produced by the student-run Brandeis Ensemble Theater. 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium. Ages 13 and older. Boris’ Kitchen Really Big Really Funny Show Brandeis’ all student-written sketch comedy will make you laugh till you cry or leave the theater in disgust. Well, if you can’t stand the heat... 8 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center. Tickets are $3 for the Brandeis community and $5 for general admission. Ages 16 and up. ’Deis Hafla The Brandeis Belly Dance Ensemble and the Miras Project, along with the Middle East music ensemble, unite for a party with live music, food and dancing. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Ridgewood Commons. Late Night with Brandeis SingerSongwriters Whether personal and confessional or political and inspirational, Brandeis has hosted the greats from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon. Discover a new generation of singer-songwriters with acoustic performances by Becca Fischer ’13, Max Goldstein ’13, Jonah Hirst ’15, Christy Kang ’13, Hailey Magee ’15, Nate Shaffer ’16, Donna Vatnick ’15, Clay Williams ’14 and more! 10 p.m. in Cholomondeley’s Coffee House.
‘Love in Schlossberg Village’ Based on the music of Johannes Br berg Village weaves together charm folk songs into a “folk opera” abo Conceived and directed by Prof. voice instructor in the Music de Nicholas, pianist. Costumes by Pam 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasu brary. Visions of an Ancient Dreamer 8 p.m. See Thursday’s schedule. ‘Removing the Glove’ 8 p.m. See Friday’s schedule.
Brandeis Shorts: “The Note” and A double bill of short films by Bran “The Note,” a psychological thrille by Aaron Berke ’12 (30 min.), and “T edy written and directed by Mark lowed by a Q&A with the filmmake 8 p.m. in the Mandel Center for Hum
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Various locations around campus. Gingko Couture Sarah Hershon ’14 envelops a grove of gingko trees with customknitted finery. Outside the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center. Berber Jews: Space, Memory and Identity What is left behind nearly 60 years after the massive departure of Jews to Israel and France? Through photography and painting, Chama Mechtaly ’15 documents the ruins of the Berber Jewish villages and the women who once lived there. Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Spirits in the Forest Discover the hidden world of tree spirits through an interactive scavenger hunt across campus. This project is designed by Rebecca Ottinger ’15 and Olive Pobiel ’15. Pick up your first clue at the Shapiro Campus Center. Receiving Container Imagine 101 radios tuned to every receivable North American frequency. The result is a whole lot of noise in an innocuous container. Designed by Billy Sims (staff, Fine Arts). Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. The Usual Crowd Photojournalists and artists Robyn Spector ’13 and Joshua Linton ’14 imagine all the people, in a series of large-scale digitally
manipulated portraits. Green Room, Goldfarb Library. Know Your Trees! Melanie Steinhardt ’13 imagines the Brandeis campus as an arboretum and has lovingly crafted woodcut prints to tag some of the most significant species. The Stroke of Change: Arbitrary Gravity What connects societies during times of drastic change? An illustrated book by Prof. Nadezda Vasilyeva (PSYC) and Saray Ayala López, translated into more than 30 languages by Brandeis community members, invites you to take a step toward understanding the principles and values that shape our worlds. Women’s Studies Research Center, Epstein Building. Prospect II Accomplished studio artists in the postbaccalaureate program exhibit painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Dreitzer gallery in the Spingold Theater Center. Ulafa’s Reconciliation Art Project Ulafa’a is an art project that creates opportunities for people to express themselves and to strengthen relationships among the different communities of Bahrain. 10 young artists from Bahrain show documentation of their recent residency with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis. Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
Sunday, April 28 Proscenium The gleeful Brandeis a cappella group belts out your favorite Broadway show tunes. Featuring Briana Schiff ’14, Zach Smith ’15 and Levi Squier ’14. 1 to 1:20 p.m. on the Great Lawn. The Tanglewood Marionettes: The Fairy Circus Ballerinas, mice, snake charmers, clowns, jugglers and magicians perform to beloved music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Offenbach and Strauss. 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. For all ages. Top Score/Waltham Philharmonic Top Score, Brandeis’ student-run orchestra, will perform favorite music from movies. The Philharmonic will perform excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. 1:30 to 1:50 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Spoken at the Rose Celebrate the power of language with dynamic poetry/spoken word performances by Brandeis students and alumni. 1:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Rose Art Museum. Ages 13 and up. Visions of an Ancient Dreamer 2 p.m. See Thursday’s schedule.
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8 p.m. in Levin Ballroom in the Usdan Student Center. Tickets are free with Brandeis ID, $7 for general public and $12 for a reserved seat. Boris’ Kitchen 8 p.m. See Friday’s schedule. Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra: Catch a Rising Star We imagine Mr. Bernstein would be delighted by the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra performance of Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Overture to Fingal’s Cave and Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with Wellesley College’s rising star pianist Michiko Inouye. 8:30 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center. ‘Tinghir-Jerusalem: The Echoes of the Mellah’ Screening of a 2011 documentary film by Kamal Hachkar, tracing the filmmaker’s rediscovery of a Judeo-Berber culture in Morocco through a personal journey that leads him from the country of his birth, France, to Israel and Tinghir. In conjunction with the exhibition “Berber Jews: Space, Memory and Identity” by Chama Mechtaly ’15. 9 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose room.
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cappella irreverence. 3:30 to 3:50 p.m. Lindsay Straw A Boston-based guitarist, bouzouki player and vocalist who specializes in folk and traditional Irish music. 4 to 4:40 p.m. Driftwood One of the most prominent national acts to come out of Binghamton, N.Y. is at heart a rock band, though the ghost of traditional American folk music lives in their palette. 4:50 to 5:30 p.m.
A Kidsummer Night’s Dream The thoroughly delightful City Stage Co. actors introduce young audiences to highlights from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including “the most lamentable comedy, and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.” Audience volunteers are cast as dancing fairies, a love-hindering wall, the man-inthe-moon and marauding lions. 2 to 2:20 p.m. in the Bernstein-Marcus Plaza. Community Stage With Brandeis Beats Drum Circle, family performer Scott Kepnes and more. 2:30 to 2:50 p.m. in the Bernstein-Marcus Plaza. Exhibition Guided Tours Reflect on abstraction, coerce nature and discover why Ed Ruscha is far from standard in a studentguided tour of the current Rose Art Museum exhibitions. 2 to 3 p.m. in the Rose Art Museum. Animation Festival In the second annual Animation Festival, short, familyfriendly animated films transport you to new worlds. 3 to 4 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Sol Y Canto Sol y Canto is led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist/composer Brian Amador, Keala Kamaheiwa (bass), Tim Mayer (saxophone) and Renato Thoms (percussion). 3 to 4 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Perfect Pitch An all-girl, student-run a cappella group from Brookline High School. Their repertoire spans classics from the 1950s to artists such as Lauryn Hill and R.E.M. 3 to 3:20 p.m. in the Rose Art Museum. One Little Whiff of Success Imagine composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) brought to life in this original new work of theater and music. Clarke is conveyed through her own words and three of her most powerful and influential musical creations. Conceived and created by Alexandra Borrie, Angelynne Hinson and Amy Lieberman of Vocollage. With Noralee Walker (viola), Scott Nicholas (piano) and Todd Brunel (clarinet). Presented by the Rebecca Clarke Society (Liane Curtis, founder). 3 to 5 p.m. in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library.
Lift Every Voice Singer-song leader Ben Lovenheim ’15 hosts “Lift Every Voice,” a community sing-along. With songs by the likes of Pete Seeger and Taylor Swift, that could mean songs you’ve always loved, or favorites you haven’t met yet, depending on your generation. 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Rose Art Museum. Barbara Cassidy Band The sweet, supple songs of Barbara Cassidy and Eric Chasalow have their roots in classical American folk, and can travel in almost any musical direction. 4 to 4:20 p.m. in the Rose Art Museum. Brandeis Juggling Club The Brandeis Juggling Club turns the lights down for a daredevil performance with flashing lights and flying objects. 4 to 4:20 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Jim’s Big Ego Mixing rock with political satire, social relevance with romantic irreverence, Jim’s Big Ego has carved a unique place in the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else. 4 to 5 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Springfest Student Events and WBRS are proud to present Kendrick Lamar for Springfest 2013. Student performer Gabe Goodman ’15 will start the show, followed by the DJ and mashup artist 5 & A Dime. An unannounced special guest indie rock band will also be performing. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden for students ages 21 and older. 4 to 8 p.m. on Chapels Field. Hold On/Go West “Hold On” is an original piece of hip-hop flavored contemporary dance by Shaquan Perkins ’13, Samantha Cortez ’13, and Stephanie Ramos ’15. “Go West” is an engaging, original modern dance from the Allegro Dance Collaborative featuring Courtney Choate ’11, Julie Judson ’11, Anna Kharaz ’09, Sari Ladin ’12, Beth Moguel ’10, Carina Platner ’12, Ariella Silverstein-Tapp ’09 and Greg Storella ’11. 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Beams: The 2013 Electroacoustic Half-Marathon Imagine the music of the future. For 50 years, the Brandeis Electroacoustic Music Studio has been at the forefront of creative experimentation. This special concert presents world premieres of multimedia musical works by six Brandeis composers, in collaboration with professional musicians, that explore the outer limits and connections of electronic and live music. 7 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center. ‘Removing the Glove’ 8 p.m. See Friday’s schedule. Sidewalk Sam Cover the campus walkways with Sidewalk Sam, aka Robert Guillemin, the beloved Boston artist dedicated to creating public art that promotes community and creativity. Throughout the afternoon around the Shapiro Campus Center. Inventor Art Create your own vision of the future using Waltham Watch Company Watch Plates and other 19th-century tools of industry, courtesy of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Make a piece of jewelry or a small mosaic out of computer parts with arts educator and electronics enthusiast Melissa Glick. Throughout the afternoon in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. Take a Trip Around the World Students and staff from the Brandeis Intercultural Center lead activities for all ages. Make a pair of maracas, draw a self-portrait or get a henna tattoo. Throughout the afternoon in the Shapiro Campus Center.
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DADDY’S GIRL: Bernstein used to accompany her father on tour all over the world, including places such as Israel and the U.S. PHOTO COURTESY OF Bettmann/CORBIS
Bernstein upholds her father’s music legacy By CELINE HACOBIAN JUSTICE EDITOR
Jamie Bernstein has vivid memories of tagging along with her father, Leonard Bernstein, to his Young People’s Concerts, at which he would conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and explain various musical topics to his audience. She and her brother Alexander would run through Philharmonic Hall, unsupervised, while her father ran through dress rehearsals, camera rehearsals and script meetings before filming the concert for the public, which was then broadcast on CBS. Bernstein was born and raised in New York City, the eldest of three children to Felicia Cohn Montealegre and Leonard Bernstein. She has fond memories from her childhood and the early days of her parents’ marriage. “The house was always full of people. Our mother Felicia Cohn Montealegre, who came from South America—she had a wonderful sense of style and a sense of warmth with people, and so she made our house such an attractive, comfortable, lovely place to hang out and everybody always came to our house and there were so many people among
our parents’ friends,” she said. Among those friends were musicians, artists and writers who filled their house with music, singing and games. The adults that surrounded Bernstein’s environment when she was a child made Bernstein believe that “all grown-ups did was have fun—we couldn’t wait to be grownups,” she said. Aside from keeping her father company during the Young People’s Concerts, she also enjoyed going on tour with him to places in Europe, Israel and the United States. Narrating concerts entails speaking about either the composer, music or elements of the music performed by an orchestra. Hearing her father narrate and put together the Young People’s Concerts would help Bernstein later in life, more than she could know at the time. About 15 years ago, her family created a concert similar to the ones Leonard Bernstein developed. This concert, however, would focus on Jamie’s father’s music instead of the other composers her father’s program focused on. “I volunteered to write [the concert] myself because I thought it was such a great idea, but I’d never done anything like that in my life. But I
sure had been to a lot of them … so I felt like that maybe by the process of osmosis I would be able to figure out how to write one,” she said. Because she was not trained to play any instruments, Bernstein joined forces with Michael Barrett, Leonard Bernstein’s assistant conductor, to write the script, develop the concert and introduce what they called “The Bernstein Beat” to the world. She has hosted and narrated the concert in places like China, Venezuela, Spain and Cuba. Bernstein continued narrating concerts about various topics, mostly about her father but also about Aaron Copland, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky. First, she researches the topic, then writes the script and then sets out on the road to perform the concert. “[The job] covers all the things I like to do. I love to find out more about a topic I didn’t know about before—that’s the research part—and I love writing … so there’s that. And I love performing—getting up and sharing what I’ve learned and my own excitement about my topic to an audience, preferably a young one,” she said. As she narrates concerts and lis-
tens to the various orchestras play her father’s music, she feels a connection to her father. “I feel happy that I found a way to share him with the rest of the world, which is a nice way to give back to him, thank him in a way for everything he gave to me in the course of his life. When I sit on the corner of the stage while they’re playing my dad’s music and I’m in the middle of a concert about him, I always have this great feeling that I’m sort of giving him acknowledgement or giving him a hug back,” she said. Leonard Bernstein, who was a visiting Music professor at Brandeis from 1951 to 1956, founded the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts. Jamie will be hosting one of the events, “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” this year on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center. The event, which she describes as “a little tour inside my father’s brain,” will consist of pieces he might have written late at night, while he could not fall asleep. She explained that her father would write smaller pieces that would sometimes be developed into longer and more complex pieces of music later on.
Bernstein described her father as an “insomniac” and as someone who “had this power motor that he could not shut off. His engine just kept going and going all the time. That was part of why he couldn’t sleep at night. So instead, he would be up all night long by himself and would be composing … or he would be up all night partying with his friends, roaring around the piano,” she said. “You get a sense of an ‘inner’ person and an ‘outer’ person. There’s a combination of the interior compositions and also the sorts of pieces he liked to entertain his friends with, not by him necessarily,” she said. Besides the festival, Bernstein has several other developing projects in the coming weeks and months. She will travel to Venezuela in May to start putting together a concert in Spanish to introduce Aaron Copland’s music to young audiences there. In the summer, she will narrate a concert of her father’s music in Los Angeles, and then begin researching topics for next year’s concerts. “[My father] himself taught at Brandeis, so he’d be thrilled to know that everything was coming around full circle,” she said.
LOOKING AHEAD: Jamie Bernstein is enthusiastic about embracing her father’s legacy as she continues her own career. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE J. SHERMAN
TALENTED MAESTRO: Leonard Bernstein, an active and passionate musician and composer, was very active in the arts scene at Brandeis. PHOTO COURTESY OF BrandeisNOW
Published on Apr 23, 2013