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Volume LXV, Number 26
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
COLORING THE CAMPUS
New examiner reviews alleged sexual assault ■ Two parties allegedly
involved in a sexual assault case spoke about the special examiner's process. By TATE HERBERT JUSTICE EDITOR
On Jan. 29, a Brandeis first-year filed a Community Standards Report indicating that she had been raped about a week earlier at an offcampus party. She said that her CSR launched a University investigation of the incident by way of the special examiner’s process, the first known utilization of the highly confidential practice since it was adopted in the 2012-2013 issue of the Rights and Responsibilities handbook. This first-year told the Justice that on April 10, she was informed that the accused, another Brandeis first-year, had been found responsible and would be expelled. As of April 29, the Office of the Registrar declined to give the Justice any enrollment information. As of April 24, the accused was
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Students and families used chalk to decorate the campus with Sidewalk Sam, a public artist. The sidewalk says “Imagine the Impossible,” the theme of the festival weekend.
Amendments go to a vote ■ Divestment and new by-
laws were approved by the student body, while BADASS failed to become secured. By SARA DEJENE AND MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITORS
In the latest two rounds of Student Union elections, the student body had the opportunity to vote on three non-election issues, namely divestment, an amendment concerning the Union Constitution by-laws and the securement of the Brandeis Academic Debate and
Speech Society. In the second round of Student Union elections last Thursday, 79.03 percent of students who voted were in favor of a petition advocating for the divestment of the University’s endowment from fossil fuels, not including abstentions. About 340 students responded, with 897 voting in favor, 238 voting against and 207 abstaining. In the third round of voting yesterday, only 53.06 percent of students who participated voted to approve BADASS as a secured club. A proposal needs at least 66.67 percent in order to pass, so BADASS will not become a secured club. Proposed amendments to the Union Constitution that would formally define the definition of by-laws by
still listed as enrolled in the University, scheduled to graduate in spring 2016, according to a staff member at the Office of the Registrar. University Registrar Mark Hewitt wrote in an email to the Justice that when a student is expelled, it usually takes a few weeks until that individual is no longer officially enrolled, due to formalities and paperwork. The alleged victim said that the rape in question took place at a party thrown by the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity on Dartmouth Street in Waltham, and was committed by another first-year who was a member of the fraternity at the time. The Justice confirmed that a ZBT member had been suspended in a Feb. 5 article, but no connection could be made with the allegations of an assault taking place two weeks prior. Dean Gendron, director of student rights and community standards, told the Justice that he could not confirm or deny any of the above information. The special examiner’s process governs the University’s handling
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BRIEF Aramark and other unconfirmed company in final bid process
Union Chief of Staff Jesse Manning ’13 were approved with 83.88 percent of students voting in favor of the amendment. Manning proposed the amendments at an April 21 Senate meeting. The proposal received 10 signatures from the Senate. Students for a Just and Stable Future, in partnership with Students for Environmental Action and Brandeis Democrats, spearheaded the efforts to get a question on divestment on the ballot. This was part of a semester-long campaign to urge the University to divest from fossil fuels companies. “I’m really excited about it,” said Jamie Garuti ’15 in an interview
The University is in the final stages of contracting a food service provider, since Requests for Proposals were sent out to several food service companies during the fall 2012 semester. According to Director of Operations for Aramark Matt Thompson, Aramark is one of the two companies involved in the final bid. However, he could not disclose the details of the offer. “Until the bid process is over we are not able to comment on the specifics of any offer. Any request for bid details would have to be directed to the [U]niversity,” he wrote in an email to the Justice. According to a December 4 article in the Justice, Requests for
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Proposals were to be sent out to Aramark, Sodexo and Chartwells, among other potential food service companies, which University officials declined to identify at that time. The University declined to confirm the identity of the second food services organization remaining in the final bids by press time. According to Senior Vice President of Administration Mark Collins in an April 23 article in the Justice, the University will be solidifying its decision regarding which offers to take within the next few weeks. —Marissa Ditkowsky
A beloved staple of the Japanese language program will retire after a rich career.
The Judges ended the week by beating Trinity twice for the first time in 10 games.
Ellyn Getz ’13 will deliver a speech at Commencement as the undergraduate speaker.
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Fraud ring uncovered at CA college
SAN PABLO, Calif.—Nearly two dozen people face charges related to a widespread financial aid scam in which they received money to attend Contra Costa College but never went to class, a prosecutor said Thursday. About 20 of those phony students—some charged in the scam, some not—received As, Bs or Cs in drama classes in which they apparently never set foot, triggering an internal investigation at the college district centering on the drama department. Longtime drama department chairman Clay David, who was later placed on leave, filed a claim against the college alleging he was punished for speaking out against homophobia on campus. He no longer works at the college, and district officials would not say Thursday what led to him being placed on leave. The scheme, known as a “Pell runner” scam, has plagued colleges across the country, with the abuse of financial aid money costing taxpayers untold millions. But it is believed to be the first of its kind in Contra Costa County. “I’m sure there are other people who are doing this that are getting away with it,” said Contra Costa prosecutor Dodie Katague, who is handling this case. “The scam is easy to commit: you just have to lie on your application that you are broke, get a check and after you get a check you withdraw from the classes. It’s very hard to catch because the record-keeping is lax.” The elaborate fraud ring at the San Pablo community college campus, according to prosecutors, was hatched by a Richmond, Va couple in 2011. Authorities say ringleader Yvette Hummel, 45, and her boyfriend David Murphy, 54, ran the scheme like a business, using fliers and contracts to recruit people for their scam. Hummel would obtain personal information from the recruits and use it to enroll them in college classes and apply for financial aid, court records show. In exchange, Hummel asked for a 25 percent slice, roughly $675 of the $2,775 a student on financial aid receives per semester, and offered a $50 referral fee, records show. None of the alleged scam artists is younger than 30, and many are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. The fraud was uncovered after one student came forward, Katague said. Investigators, including the FBI and the Department of Education, realized all 22 people involved were sharing the same two addresses belonging to Hummel. Criminal charges were filed in November, but the case remains active, with authorities searching for eight suspects. Four suspects, including Hummel and Murphy, have taken plea deals that include jail time and probation; Hummel must pay $83,740 in restitution to the college. The 10 remaining suspects have court dates this month. The fraud was limited to the college district’s San Pablo campus, officials said, and did not occur at either Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill or Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. The scam isn’t the first for the college district, however. In 2007, dozens of students in the college district, most of them at Diablo Valley College, were charged with felonies involving a cash-for-grades scheme. Most pleaded no contest to reduced charges, and some were expelled from school or had degrees rescinded. In the “Pell runner” scam, students apply for the aid with a federal agency, which sends reports to the college detailing who is eligible for the money. District spokesman Tim Leong said all the students on paper appeared to be eligible for financial aid, and so were sent checks. The investigation found that drama instructors did nothing criminal, Katague said, but raised questions about grading in the department, which resulted in the district-led investigation. During the investigation, the college district placed David on administrative leave based on accusations of misconduct and unprofessional behavior, but did not elaborate on the allegations. The district and David signed a settlement agreement in February in which David resigned but remains eligible to keep his retirement benefits. David, a tenured professor who has taught and directed theater on campus for 19 years, declined to comment, citing a clause in the settlement agreement. David, who is openly gay, said in his October 2012 claim against the district that the campus has a history of homophobia. The claim seeks an amount in excess of $25,000 from the district, saying he was subject to harassment, including gay slurs and threats by students in class, and that his pleas for help were ignored by administrators. — McClatchy Newspaper (MCT)
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS n A photo caption in Arts incorrectly identified Culture X performers. The names of the performers from left to right were Clarence Lee ’15, Will Cheon ’15 and James Lee ’13. (p. 21) n In the Festival of the Arts calendar pullout, Joshua Linton's class year should be ’14 and not ’13. The Justice welcomes submissions for errors that warrant correction or clarification. Email editor@ thejustice.org.
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April 24—A caller in the Sherman Dining Hall reported that a student was experiencing an allergic reaction. BEMCo treated the student at the scene; the patient refused further medical aid. April 24—A student in front of the Goldsmith building was feeling faint. BEMCo treated the party with a refusal for further medical aid. April 25—A staff member in the Mailman House requested University Police assistance with transporting a section 12 patient via ambulance to McLean’s Hospital. April 28—A 40-year-old female on Chapels Field complained of an injured ankle. BEMCo treated the party on-scene with a refusal for further medical aid. April 28—BEMCo treated an 18-year-old male party on Chapels Field for alcohol intoxication. The patient refused further medical aid and was
released. April 28—A 22-year-old female was intoxicated and semiconscious on Chapels Field. She was treated by BEMCo and transferred via ambulance to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. April 28—A 19-year-old student was evaluated for intoxication on Chapels Field. The party refused medical treatment. April 28—A 19-year-old female Brandeis student at Chapels Field was evaluated for a sprained ankle; she refused transport. April 28—University Police received a report of a 20-yearold male Brandeis student who was evaluated for a leg laceration on Chapels Field; he refused transport. April 28—A 19-year-old female Brandeis student reported being trampled at Chapels Field; she refused transport.
received a report that a student’s ex-boyfriend was harassing her. University Police compiled a report.
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April 23—University Police received a report of a minor fender bender involving two escort vans at the Usdan Student Center bus stop. University Police compiled a report.
April 24—A student from East Quad called University Police complaining about loud music coming from Cholmondeley’s. The music was shut off for the evening.
April 26—A student left her laptop in Rosenstiel 118. When she returned, her computer was stolen. April 22—A student reported a past assault by her roommate
at her off-campus apartment. University Police compiled a report. April 24—A caller reported a suspicious black SUV parked in front of Pollack Auditorium. It was occupied with five men. The reporting party did not know the direction in which the SUV went, and they did not have a license plate number to report. The vehicle was gone upon the arrival of the officers. April 25—University Police received a report of a coyote heading toward the Squire Bridge. Officers did not find anything when they checked the area. April 28—A University Police officer observed several people near the stage on Chapels Field around 1:30 a.m. When the officers approached the parties, they dispersed into the woods and were not located. The stage seemed to be in order. —compiled by Marielle Temkin
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Looking back Journalist Ted Gup ’72 spoke at the first Justice Alumni Reunion and Media Conference, which took place on Friday and Saturday. In addition to Gup’s keynote address, there were several panels in which Justice alumni discussed issues of journalism.
On April 22, the Waltham City Council approved Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chipotle and Panera Bread for special permits which allow the developer at the Main Street Marketplace to provide fewer parking spaces, according to an April 23 WalthamPatch article. According to City Councillor Robert Logan in an April 22 WalthamPatch article, fewer parking spaces would allow for the buildings to be larger. The approval at last Monday night’s meeting was long awaited, as construction mistakes put off the approval for several months. According to a Dec. 13 WalthamPatch article, the Waltham City Council gave extensions for the permit requests at a Dec. 10 City Council meeting. There are already several businesses operating at the site, according to the WalthamPatch, including iParty, Aspen Dental, Doctor Express, Massage Envy and SuperCuts. According to a Waltham NewsTribune article, Five Guys may be open by Halloween. Though it has not yet been announced when the other two restaurant chains will move into the marketplace, located at 1030 Main Street, some students seem excited about the chains’ forthcoming arrival. “It makes me happy. It will be nice to have quick food so close to campus!” wrote Victoria Allen ’15 in an email to the Justice. Ally Giorgos ’15 was less excited. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t eat off campus often,” she said in an interview with the Justice. “But they’re also taking away small business customers and we already have a bunch of fast food places in Waltham.” Students can get to the Main Street Marketplace by BranVan. According to the News-Tribune article, City Council President Robert Waddick joked that “if the council didn’t approve the permit, his children wouldn’t allow him back in his home.” —Suzanne Schatz
ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 their 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. Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Usdan Student Center, the International Lounge.
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Capstone Keynote Speaker
Carne Ross founded Independent Diplo-
mat in 2004 to address the “diplomatic deficit” created by a diplomatic system that all too often excludes or marginalizes many governments and groups most affected by the decisions made within it, and usually those who are suffering the most. As executive director of ID, he plays an integral role in each client project and in guiding the organization. He has over 15 years of diplomatic experience in the British Foreign Office and United Nations, working on a wide range of issues and regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the global environment, terrorism and post-conflict reconstruction. May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater
Senior Week is a week-long celebration held in the spring between the end of classes and before Commencement. Events for the senior class have traditionally included a Boston Harbor cruise,
casino night and a club night in Boston. Programs are planned by the Senior Week coordinator, in coordination with the Department of Student Activities. May 10 through May 18 in various locations.
62nd Commencement Ceremony
Dr. Rick Hodes, who has dedicated his life to treating children with life-threatening diseases in Ethiopia, will be the commencement speaker. Ellyn Getz ’13 will be the undergraduate speaker. Tickets for the main Commencement ceremony will be issued in late April and early May. Undergraduate and graduate students may visit the BrandeisNOW website for more information about ticket pick up times and locations. The ceremony will also be on live stream. May 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center.
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New leaders elected to Union Student ■ Round two of elections
left only three out of 14 available seats unfilled for the next academic year. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Round two of Student Union spring elections took place last Thursday from midnight to midnight, leaving three of the 14 available positions vacant by the end of the day. The Associate Justice of the Union Judiciary, Senator-atLarge and Racial Minority Senator positions remain unfilled. One of the two seats for Senator at Large was filled by Daniel Schwab ’14, while the other remains vacant. The second seat was not filled due to the fact that 33 percent of voters chose abstain, making abstain the second most popular choice. Schwab was unable to comment by press time. Andre Ve Tran and Annie Chen filled the Class of 2014 Senator po-
sitions. According to both Ve Tran and Chen, the two are looking forward to working together next year and already have plans for new initiatives. “I will continue to sit down with all our graduating Student Union members and discuss the work they have done this past year,” wrote Ve Tran in an email to the Justice. “I would like to not only work on my own initiatives but continue and complete projects my predecessors started.” Chen said she plans to get acclimated as quickly as possible. “The first thing I’ll probably do is go around and collect knowledge, information, and tips from all our current senators to compile a scrapbook/‘cheat sheet’ as a resource for future senators,” she wrote in an email to the Justice. Anna Bessendorf and Alison Zheng filled the Class of 2015 Senator positions. Bessendorf said she looks forward to increasing sustainability on campus. “When the administration an-
nounces their choice for our dining services provider, the first thing I’d like to do is to meet with them to discuss tangible improvements that can be made to the quality and sustainability of the food we eat,” Bessendorf wrote in an email to the Justice. Zheng said she looks forward to working closely with the student body as a member of the Union. “The first thing is definitely to do some research on what people want and need so I can better voice their opinions,” she wrote in an email to the Justice. Jon Jacob and Andrew Chang filled the Class of 2016 Senator positions. Neither commented by press time. Four out of five available seats for Associate Justice of the Student Union Judiciary were filled. Claire Sinai ’15, Sarah Park ’14, Maris Ryger-Wasserman ’16 and Michael Abrams ’15 were elected to the Union Judiciary. The seats were not all filled due to the fact that 33 percent of voters chose abstain, making abstain the
second most popular choice for Judiciary. Abrams told the Justice that he looks forward to helping to ensure that Brandeis remains a just community. “I want students to view the Union Judiciary as a forum where they can voice concerns about clubs, the Student Union, and the system that organizes all of this,” wrote Abrams in an email to the Justice. “We as Justices are there to defend the Constitution and the Student Body, but we need student engagement and support to best achieve that end,” he added. The Racial Minority Senator position remains unfilled due to the fact that 31 percent of voters chose to abstain. Special elections will be held in the fall for seats that remain unfilled following this round of elections. Editor’s note: Micahael Abrams ’15 is a staff writer on the Justice. —Tate Herbert contributed reporting
DARE TO DANCE
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Last Friday, the Brandeis Belly Dance Ensemble and the Miras Project presented Brandeis’ first-ever Hafla event, which featured live music and dancing, in Ridgewood A Commons during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts.
speaker selected by class ■ Getz was selected by
members of the class of 2013 to speak at this year’s commencement. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Ellyn Getz ’13 was selected as the undergraduate speaker at commencement by the class of 2013 last week, according to Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer. Getz Getz, a Business and Theater Arts major, is also a Roosevelt Fellow, a Theater Arts Undergraduate Departmental Representative and a member of the a cappella group Starving Artists. She has worked on Alumni Relations and Development and as Season Advisory Committee Member of the Theater Department. With a grade point average of 3.77, Getz is on the Dean’s List. In addition, she won the Outstanding UDR Award and the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance Award for Brandeis Cares 2012. Her senior thesis research project involved measuring the drivers of Broadway musical financial success. According to Getz, she feels privileged to have been chosen to speak at commencement. “It is a huge honor to congratulate [the] Class of 2013 on our collective accomplishments right before we receive our degrees! I’m so excited to speak, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to represent Brandeis Class of 2013,” wrote Getz in an email to the Justice. Getz plans to reflect upon her experiences at Brandeis in her speech at commencement. “I see the opportunity to be the senior speaker as a way to highlight the memorable, Brandeis-specific experiences that our graduating class participated in together,” wrote Getz. “My speech is about the pride I have in our community and in our class’ accomplishments.” After the completion of a threepart selection process, Getz was notified that she was chosen to speak on Friday. Each candidate submitted a speech to the Office of the Dean of Student Life in February, along with a one-page application about the extra-curriculars in which each candidate participated, awards and research credits. Ten speeches were chosen by the anonymous committee and announced in the beginning of March. The senior class proceeded to vote between five finalists, who were notified in the beginning of April.
Beal to leave Brandeis at the end of the academic year ■ The Intercultural Center’s
program coordinator for sexuality and gender diversity will leave Brandeis on May 15. By SAM MINTZ JUSTICE EDITOR
Jessamine Beal, the Intercultural Center’s program coordinator for sexuality and gender diversity since 2011 and a beloved figure and mentor for many students at Brandeis, will be leaving the University on May 15 to take on the full-time position of assistant director for diversity services at
Suffolk University. Beal wrote in an email to the Justice that while she “very much enjoyed [her] time at Brandeis and loved the students here,” she “needed a fulltime/full-year position and … wanted a position with more opportunities for growth and advancement.” “Jesse’s fabulous, and she’s going to be missed. I’m thrilled for her and the new position,” said Monique Gnanaratnam, the director of the Intercultural Center and Beal’s supervisor, in an interview with the Justice. “I think it’s a great opportunity for Jesse … It makes me pretty proud, to see her go off and do that. Jesse’s going to go there and she’s going to take great things there
with her,” Gnanaratnam said. Beal’s accomplishments in her time at Brandeis include instituting the annual Lavender Graduation, a celebration of the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, and playing a big role in the Sex and Sexualities Symposium. She also informally mentored many clubs on campus including Student Sexuality and Information Service, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Triskelion. Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer said in an interview with the Justice he wished the University could afford to keep Beal for a full-time position. “I would like it if the University had
the funds to make that a full-time position,” he said. “We’ve been asking for funds for our department for a long time.” He continued to say that there are “three or four” other positions within the Division of Student Affairs that are currently not full-time that he would like to be able to expand into permanent job titles. According to Gnanaratnam, the position of program coordinator for sexuality and gender diversity was formed in 2008 as a 10-hour a week graduate student position. “They worked towards it, they were professional, had the meetings that they needed to have, spoke with the administrators that
they needed to speak with, and received the position,” she said. When the first person to hold the position left in 2011, students spoke out and the position was extended to be a 20-hour per week part-time position, which was what Beal was hired. “Students are at the core of everything that this position has come to be,” said Gnanaratnam. “I wish it was a full-time position, because the students wish it was a full-time position.” She said now that the position is open, and it will be listed. In the end, Gnanaratnam said, “I know and I trust that what Brandeis University will do is to support our students. I have no doubt about that.”
(HIST) celebrated his retirement last Friday in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. By ILANA KRUGER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Ibrahim Sundiata, the Samuel and Augusta Spector Professor of History, is retiring after over a decade at Brandeis. His retirement was celebrated in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Friday, which he called “a wonderful event.” Students, faculty and alumni were in attendance. According to an April 24 BrandeisNOW article, Sundiata’s teaching career has spanned decades and continents. He has taught history at the University of Bahia in Brazil, Rutgers University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He moved to Brandeis as the chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, then became the chair of the history department
TUESDAY, april 30, 2013
BEHIND THE MASK
Professor to retire after over a decade ■ Prof. Ibrahim Sundiata
at Howard University and a fellow at the W.E.B. du Bois Institute at Harvard University before returning to Brandeis in 2002. Sundiata received the Lerman-Neubauer Sundiata Award for Teaching and Mentoring in 2005 and has written five books about topics which include slavery, U.S.-Africa relations and Equatorial Guinea. “I’ve been other places and Brandeis has been a great experience for me,” Sundiata told BrandeisNOW. There is a certain openness. I never felt pressure to conform to anything, or have a certain political view,” he added. Sundiata values his students’ work as well. “One of my greatest joys is I’ve had some very serious students who took on interesting projects and now are working for big NGOs in Latin America and Africa,” he said.
BRIEF Department of Community Living looks to fill vacant CDC position for Massell The Department of Community Living still has a vacancy in the position for Massell Quad Community Development Coordinator, as shown on the DCL website. Sandra Summers formerly filled the position. Administrators declined to comment on the reason for the vacancy. According the Senior Director of DCL Jeremy Leiferman, the University is currently in the process of interviewing new candidates for the position. Leiferman explained that other DCL staff members are
temporarily overseeing Massell Quad. Deroy Residence Hall is currently being overseen by Jamie Kronberger (North Quad CDC), Renfield Residence Hall by Stephanie Crane (East Quad CDC), Usen Residence Hall by George Marshall Jr. (Charles River Quad and Foster Mods), Shapiro A Residence Hall by Kelly Davis (Village Quad & 567 South Street CDC) and Shapiro B Residence Hall by Jonathan Davey (Castle and Rosenthal Quad CDC). —Marissa Ditkowsky
KEEPING IN TIME
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BIG NAZO visited campus on Friday for a mask workshop. Both BIG NAZO and workshop attendees were able to share their creations on the Great Lawn on Sunday afternoon.
CEO Stanley Bergman wins Perlmutter Award ■ Bergman gave a lecture in
Lee Hall upon accepting the award from the International Business School last week. By LUKE HAYSLIP JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
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Alex Faye ’15 conducted Top Score, Brandeis’ studentrun orchestra, Sunday afternoon on the Great Lawn.
This past Tuesday, the Brandeis International Business School’s 2013 Perlmutter Award was presented to Stanley Bergman, the chairman and chief executive officer of the health care company Henry Schein, Inc. Bergman first gave a lecture in IBS’ Lee Hall about corporate responsibility. After the talk, Bergman received the award from IBS Dean Bruce Magid, University President Frederick Lawrence and Trustee Louis Perlmutter ’56. In an interview with the Justice, Bergman spoke about his background and his commitment to philanthropy and social programs. Bergman, his wife Marion and his family actively support organizations involving the arts; higher education; grassroots health care and sustainable economic development in the United States, Africa and developing nations around the globe. When asked about his reaction to receiving the award, Bergman said, “When Lou [Perlmutter] called me up I was blown away.” He added that he was good friends with the Perlmutters and that it was a great honor. Bergman spoke of the business philosophy of Henry Schein, referencing key components as sup-
pliers, customers, the Henry Schein team, investors and a deep moral commitment. “It’s not only about writing a check, but being actively engaged in corporate social responsibility.” He remarked that awards like the Perlmutter Award “validate what our 16,000 [employees] engage in, balancing the needs of society and business.” According to Bergman, community commitment is an important aspect of the Henry Schein philosophy. Notable programs include the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a program which advances “wellness, access to care and response to disasters;” Back to School, a service which provides school supplies to disadvantaged schoolchildren; and Holiday Cheer, which provides clothing, toys and games to disadvantaged children as well as food baskets for their families. Bergman stressed that the community service commitment applies to both the United States and abroad. In terms of the company’s global outreach, a large portion revolves around the African continent and to some extent Latin America. Programs also extend services to some parts of Asia and Australia. While Henry Schein team members in the United States provide a large portion of support and logistical expertise for social responsibility and outreach initiatives, there is a strong international presence which also assists in global outreach. Providing a bit of context for his motivations both in business and in the social realm, Bergman explained
his background and personal foundations. “I think my values, my foundation and my parents’ values were such that they were connected with a socially responsible lifestyle,” he said. Bergman described growing up in Port Elizabeth on the southern tip of Africa. He attended the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa “at a very unstable time in South African history, … toward the end of the apartheid period,” he said. While he was heavily involved in the youth movement, which emphasized issues of social responsibility and anti-apartheid sentiment, Bergman explained that he had yet to become a “real activist.” As the conversation came to a close, Bergman spoke of the struggles he and his wife encountered in Africa. His wife, a physician, interned at the largest hospital in Africa, something which “made her really aware of the injustice that was going on in Africa,” Bergman said. The struggle of apartheid and strife on the continent spurred the couple to leave South Africa in 1975, moving to the U.S. after a year abroad in Israel and the United Kingdom. According to Bergman, his primary intention in coming to the U.S. was to make a living. He entered the accounting world, working as a consultant for Henry Schein. “I have always had a view of how to combine the business world … with socially responsible activities, and Henry Schein has given me a really good platform to do exactly that,” he said.
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Musical medley Various musicians performed outside of the Shapiro Campus Center this past Sunday as a part of the Folk Fest at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts.
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of sexual assault cases. According to Section 22.6 of the handbook, which outlines the process, any alleged violation of sections regarding “sexual responsibility” or “Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Harassment,” will not be heard by the Student Conduct Board, but instead will be investigated by a “special examiner.” The examiner presents his or her findings to the Dean of Student Life, and the dean makes a final decision regarding the outcome of the case. Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer declined to comment on whether or not the special examiner’s process was used this year. He also would not comment on the results of any such use of the process. However, according to accounts provided to the Justice by both parties in this particular case, the process they experienced was in line with what Rights and Responsibilities describes. Although Section 22.6 does not describe the special examiner position in detail, both the accused and the accuser told the Justice that the examiner in their case was a thirdparty attorney. The accuser said that the University hired this attorney after she filed the CSR. She then was able to talk to the examiner and present her story, providing information in the form of “text messages, witnesses, so on and so forth.” The accused also was able to provide witnesses and other evidence, she said. “The third party attorney heard both sides of the story. There are only two people who know what happened.” The accused would speak to the Justice only on condition of anonymity. He agreed to answer a limited set of questions in an email to the Justice. He wrote that he felt the investigation and the special examiner were “biased” and that he was “automatically accused.” “The process on paper is fair, but in practice it was not. I was not even allowed to eat in Sherman,” he wrote, referring to the University efforts to keep the two parties separate. He declined to say whether or not he was represented in the special examiner’s process by anyone other than himself.
After the initial shock wore off,
the first thing she did was call the police. It was the urging of her friends that convinced her to take action, she said. “Had they not told me to call the police, I wouldn’t have. I would have stayed in the dorm, I would have had to deal with that,” she said. “I knew I had said I didn’t want it, I knew I told him I didn’t want to, but I was just so shocked with what had happened that I didn’t know how to deal with it,” she added. In the morning, she got in touch with her Community Advisor, who promptly helped move her to another dorm, she said. A couple of days later, she completed what is commonly referred to as a “rape kit.,” undergoing an examination to collect forensic evidence that may have been left behind from sexual contact. The special examiner’s process formally began soon after. According to the Rights and Responsibilities handbook, the process starts with the statements phase, which lasts five to 10 days. In this step, the accuser and accused compose written statements and present any textual evidence, such as emails or text messages, to the special examiner. The examiner discusses the process and the choice of an adviser with the accused, who has the option of accepting or denying responsibility at this stage. The process then continues to the fact-finding phase, in which the examiner interviews witnesses, the accused and the accuser, in addition to examining other physical and textual evidence. Rights and Responsibilities describes this phase as lasting about 30 days. After the examiner compiles his or her final report, the accuser and the accused both have the opportunity to meet with the dean of Student Life and discuss the examiner’s findings. In light of their discussions, the accused can accept responsibility or the accuser can withdraw allegations before the Dean submits his final decision. Either party can appeal the outcome to the University Appeals Board on Student Conduct. According to the victim, a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance served as her adviser throughout the process. “The goal of the adviser is just to listen and take notes and support,” she said. She described her adviser as “a very strong, intelligent woman
... I wanted to surround myself by strong, intelligent women.” Aside from the special examiner, herself, and her adviser, she said that no one else was involved in the hearings. “I never had to look at him, I never had to be near him. The school did their best to keep us away from each other, because I didn’t feel safe with him, I didn’t want to be near him,” she said. Gendron confirmed this aspect of the special examiner’s process, although not specifically in regards to this case. “During the actual Special Examiner’s Process, that is, as the steps in the process are being engaged the parties are never in the same room or engaged with the Special Examiner at the same time,” Gendron wrote in an email to the Justice.
“For what happened, the best outcome came from it,” the victim said, referring to the expulsion of the accused.“I’ve heard so many awful things about Brandeis and how they’ve dealt with [sexual assault], but they have been nothing but helpful and wonderful, and their main priority was making sure I was taken care of.” While the University took measures to protect the involved parties’ identities, the alleged victim was more vocal about the case, often writing about her experience on public forums such as Facebook. “I was not quiet about it,” she said. “I made sure everybody knew, because I didn’t know if the school was going to get rid of him.” The alleged victim said that she withdrew from Brandeis about a month ago, and plans to come back to campus in the fall or spring. She said that she expects a negative reaction or retribution when she returns. “I’m afraid. I was really vocal about it, and I know a lot of people did not like that,” she said. “I know there’s going to be some person who’s going to say something rude, because there is rape culture at Brandeis.” She declined to comment on the possibility of pursuing legal charges. Still, she said, "I'm not going to let this happen again, especially at a frat party or a sorority party. I want people to report it; I want people to know that they're not alone in that something can be done."
VOTE: SJSF plans to continue to campaign for divestment CONTINUED FROM 1 with the Justice. Garuti led the effort to put the question on the ballot. “Seventy-nine percent is really great. ... It really shows that the student body really supports what we’re doing,” said Garuti. According to SJSF member Martin Hamilton ’16 in an interview with the Justice, four students and one alumnus working on the divestment campaign attended a meeting last Friday with Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel, Associate Provost for Assessment and Innovation Prof. Dan Perlman (BIOL), Senior Vice President for Communications Ellen de Graffenreid, Chief Investment Officer Nick Warren and Chief of Staff David Bunis.
Hamilton said that the students and administrators discussed plans for “moving forward” on the discussion surrounding divestment, including further investigating the financial impact it would have on the University’s endowment. According to Hamilton, it is “difficult for anyone to know” how Brandeis’ endowment will be affected by divestment. “Studies have been done about [the effects on] general school endowments,” said Hamilton. “It will be different for every school. Nobody really knows at this point.” According to Garuti, the group’s next steps are to “put pressure” on the administration, and plans to meet with University President Frederick Lawrence and the Board of Trustees. “We’re going to focus more on the
administration,” said Garuti. BADASS’ failure to achieve secured status during this election set a precedent for the University and clubs that wish to achieve secured status in the future. According to BADASS president David Altman ’15, the club is disappointed that it was not secured. However, according to Altman, BADASS will continue to work with the student body and other clubs to organize events to achieve its mission. “Even though we failed to reach the needed 2/3’s votes to get secured, the large number of votes (52 percent) that we did receive has solidified our resolve and demonstrated the major role that we have to play in this community into the future,” wrote Altman in an email to the Justice.
TUESDAY, april 30, 2013
VERBATIM | JOHN F. KENNEDY As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
ON THIS DAY…
In 1938, the first televised FA Cup Final took place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.
Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can contract leprosy.
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TEACHING FEVER: Prof. Hiroko Sekino (GRALL) discovered her passion for teaching while attending Boston University. She was a teaching assistant at Harvard University before becoming a full-time professor in 1989.
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language COLORFUL CHARACTER: Sekino challenges her students while maintaining a positive class environment. OLIVIA POBIEL/the Justice
Prof. Sekino retires after over 20 years of teaching Japanese By NAN PANG JUSTICE EDITOR
“Louder, louder!” Though it was only 9 a.m. and the majority of the class was not completely awake, Prof. Hiroko Sekino (GRALL) energetically initiated conversations in Japanese with her students, geared up to begin her final week at the University. Japanese students know Sekino as a colorful character. One student described her as “straight out of a comic book.” Another described her coursework as “intense.” At the end of this semester, her career as a Japanese instructor, spanning almost a quarter of a century at Brandeis, will come to an end. “It does not feel like this is actually my last week. I am busy as usual and can’t imagine what it will be like when I am finally done with this,” said Sekino in an interview with the Justice. Japanese is one of the few language programs at Brandeis that holds class five days a week. Sekino puts emphasis on the basics because she believes they go a long way when students are pursuing upper level classes. Sekino came to the U.S. in the 1970s to study abroad at Boston University. “I was frazzled by the student activism in Japan at that time … I felt I wanted to do something outside of Japan,” she said in an interview with the Justice. It was a big and difficult decision to move to the U.S, but she had no idea that this would become a turning point in her life. After studying at BU for two years, she became a Japanese teaching assistant at Harvard University. She felt like she had found something that she could be passionate about. “I had a memorable mentor and amazing students … It was an eye-opening change. It made me realize how fascinating and fun it was to teach Japanese,” she said. In 1988, she learned that Brandeis was looking for a Japanese instructor and wanted to give it a try. That summer, with one other Japanese instructor, Sekino initiated what would become the Japanese language program at Brandeis. “When I started here, Japanese was part of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. We basically started from scratch,” she said. Initially ,the language department was limited and higher-level courses had to be taken elsewhere. Sekino explained that building the program was new terrain and that she learned as she went. “Because I was a novice, I was trying to learn every year,” Sekino said. She recalled it had been difficult to offer students more extensive courses on Japan. “It was very regrettable that we couldn’t offer more courses to students who wanted to learn more,” she said.
The Japanese language program was later extended to six semesters when it became part of the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages and Literature in 2002. With the expertise of Prof. Matthew Fraleigh (GRALL) who joined the department in 2006, students are now able to take more integrated Japan-related courses that Brandeis offers, including contemporary Japanese history, literature and film courses. In Sekino’s 24 years of teaching at Brandeis, she has watched the department grow and evolve. She has seen the Japanese language student demographics change over time. “When the Japanese economy was prosperous, there were many global economy graduate students taking Japanese,” she said. “For these [past] 10 years, more and more students are learning Japanese because of Japan’s popular culture, like manga, anime and music.” Sekino explained that although Japanese is a difficult language to learn, she consistently found her students to be up to the task. “What I like about teaching at Brandeis is that students here are really dedicated and hardworking,” she said. “Japanese is not an easy language, but I always find my students are tough and motivated enough to get through it.” Prof. Yukimi Nakano (GRALL), a colleague of Sekino, said Sekino was always there for her students. “She is always willing to meet students after class and lend an ear to her students,” she said. “She has also planned so many Japanese-related fun events and activities to make sure her students enjoy learning Japanese.” Esther Cho ’14 remembers her first year taking Japanese as a worthy challenge. “We were pretty much guaranteed a quiz a week,” she said. Though Cho admits that the first-year Japanese class was demanding, she said she must give credit to Sekino for providing a smooth transition to upper level Japanese courses. “Sekino-sensei is very thorough when it comes to making sure her students have a strong foundation for subsequent years of Japanese language study,” Cho said. Sekino has developed special connections with many of her former students. “Some of them even write me New Year’s cards! I teach Japanese, but more than that I have learned so much from my students,” she said. Sekino has always strived to instill in her students a global and cultural perspective that can be useful beyond Brandeis. “I don’t just teach a language, but I teach Japanese culture as well. Teaching a language means teaching a culture. Understanding a language is one of the cornerstones for mutual understanding and I believe that will lead to a more peaceful world,” she said.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
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STUDENT TEACHERS: High school students had the option to take an interactive mock trial crash course.
Diving into education Splash! students design and lead courses for local youth By ALEXA BALL JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
“Teach anything, learn anything” became the theme of Saturday afternoon as students came together to share their passions. Splash!, an event in which Brandeis students created and taught courses to highschool students, allowed participants on both sides to explore nontraditional subjects in an informal classroom setting. This Saturday featured the first annual Brandeis Splash! event, hosted by Education for Students by Students. High school students from the area, as well as home-schooled students, were invited to the free event and chose from a schedule of 14 classes, which this year included topics such as time travel, brain and memory, duct tape art and X-Ray reading. The goal of ESS is to create a platform where “people from the community can come in and share their knowledge and share their passions,” Brendan Reardon ’14 explained in an interview. He first
encountered Splash! last year, when he taught his own course on screenwriting for scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reardon, who started the program at Brandeis along with Ben Wang ’15, based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology model of the same event. “The whole idea of Splash! is that the teachers are really teaching something they are passionate about ... and all the students really want to be there,” Reardon explained. Splash!, which originated at MIT 25 years ago, is a nationwide program. Although this year’s enrollment was low—MIT’s program usually draws about 3,000 students from around the country and the world—Reardon explained that this is typical for the first year and that enrollment is expected to grow for next year’s program, which will take place in the fall. The event was on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Nearly 30 students from Boston area high schools were ushered in by event volunteers
wearing neon yellow shirts. After signing in, they were each given small notebooks adorned with the Brandeis logo and a name tag that read “Splash Spring Student” and were allowed to make any lastminute adjustments to the schedules that they had pre-made online. The high-school students, mostly accompanied by parents carrying Brandeis pamphlets, picked from a variety of classes that interested them. All of the classes were all located in the Mandel Quad. Ariana Boltax ’14 started at noon teaching a course she created called “How Doctors Do It: Making Diagnoses from X-Ray” based off her experience working at the New England Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Weymouth, Mass. Although only one student attended her first class, she sat enraptured and attentive as Boltax demonstrated the process of developing and reading X-Ray. By the end of the hour, the high school student was able to read and perform a basic analysis on real Xray taken from the animals of the New England Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center. During the second block, one of the classes, taught by Wendy Moy, ’15, and Sabrina Libretti ’15, encouraged six high school students to build their own tetrahedral kites. Using straws, tape, scissors, string and tissue paper, Moy and Libretti walked the students step-by-step through the construction of four pyramids into a flyable kite. Both interested in chemistry, Moy and Libretti explained the connection between the tetrahedral shape and the make-up of molecules. The idea from the class was modeled after a project Moy did in her high-school Advanced Placement Chemistry class. Moy, a Neuroscience and Psychology major, explained in an interview that the goal of Splash! was to allow high school students to learn from other students who are “teaching classes in a subject that they’re very passionate about, something that they know is not traditionally taught in high school. We wanted to use this opportunity to foster a love of learning in the high
school students.” Reardon also explained that they faced several problems with liability “because it was the first time doing it,” explaining that they were unable to have classes such as cooking and self-defense. Other feedback the program received from parents of the students included charging for the event. Reardon explained that although one parent suggested that it would “lend legitimacy to the program and make people more committed,” he was more interested in making Splash! accessible for all of the Waltham community. “We talked about it, but we decided that we really wanted it to be a free program,” he said. At the end of the day, as the sun set on the Mandel Quad and an afternoon of learning, some students left Splash! holding kites and others with the new ability to analyze X-rays. The sharing of nontraditional knowledge and the facilitation of learning was a testament to the day’s mantra: teach anything, learn anything.
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SOARING SCIENCE: One chemistry class in the program involved building tetrahedral kites.
JOSHUA LINTON/the Justice PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLENE LIAO
OPEN LEARNING: The event was free so the classes could be accessible to everyone.
RAD READING: Splash! offered a literature course, one of 14 student-run classes featured in the program.
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Initiate dining reform This week, the Justice reported that the administration has narrowed down the choices for a new food service contract to Aramark and one other unidentified company. In light of this latest development in what has been a somewhat drawn-out process, this Board urges both the administration and the Student Union, the latter of which represents students who are otherwise largely voiceless in administrative decisions, to consider the needs and desires of the student body and undergo a comprehensive reform of dining services. This is an especially critical time for the administration and Union to collaborate on spearheading long-term progress. While changes to dining services were not among the specific proposals listed in the recent final draft of the University’s strategic plan, they should be considered an important strategic priority. Better food will not necessarily attract donors, but it will greatly affect the University’s image. If dining services on campus continue to be an area of concern rather than a highlight, the “selling” of Brandeis to potential students will be affected. After all, the quality and flexibility of dining options continues to serve as one of the most visible representations of a university’s commitment to the welfare of its student population. This Board calls for the following specific changes to be made to dining services along with the implementation of a new contract and ushering in of a new provider: meal plan reform, more convenient hours, better employee management and better overall food quality. Meal plans are inconvenient and sometimes seem arbitrary. Students should be able to use more than one meal in any given time period; if he or she has paid for a certain number of meals in a week, why must those meals be used at a certain time of day? In addition, the new contract should expand the items in the Provisions on Demand Market that are available to be purchased with a meal; students routinely use their meals on large quantities of snacks instead of nutritious food because of the limited options. Ultimately, consistent concerns with the limited options of healthy foods stem from this inflexibility with the array of student meal plans. Food prices are also exorbitant due to the relationship between points and actual dollars. According to our calculations, a student on the 10 meal plan is spending $1.87 per point, meaning that food actually costs twice as much as it appears to. Worse, a student on the Village plan is spending $4.96 per point, meaning that an item which costs six points, such as a sandwich, costs almost $30. This inequity is alarming to a largely unaware student body and should prompt immediate change. Second, hours of dining halls should be rearranged to be most convenient to students. While this Board understands the financial necessities involved in managing the University’s tight budget, students should not be forced to choose from limited options on weekends. For example, Usdan Café closes at 2:15 p.m. on Fridays, and students who live on upper campus must choose between Usdan Boulevard and Quiznos, which lack
Address persistent problems healthy options, and the P.O.D. Market, which lacks fresh, hot food. Additionally, the University should make an effort to ensure that all locations, including both P.O.D. Markets, remain fully stocked and open during all hours that they are advertised as being open. Students often complain that the Village P.O.D. Market routinely runs out of food and goes for days without being restocked. This problem is especially noticeable during the finals period at the end of the year—ironically, the time when students are most in need of nourishment and energy. Additionally, the University should emphasize dining services employee management and training. Employees should understand the basic facts of crosscontamination, and ensure clean surfaces and gloves when preparing food at glutenfree or vegetarian stations. The University should also ensure that dining halls are adequately staffed during peak hours, to avoid long lines and waits and to ensure that the entire system is working at a maximum level of efficiency. Finally, the overall quality of food on campus needs improvement. What students complain about more than anything is simply the inadequate food that pervades the University dining halls. While this is certainly not a sweeping statement that every item offered is below the expected quality, students should be able to order any item from any location and be satisfied that their food tastes good and has been properly prepared, and that there are a substantial amount of healthy, nutritious options. As stated earlier, this is an overriding concern for many prospective students and it is important to take this into account for the University’s future success. While we appreciate the work done to this point by the Student Union Senate dining committee in reaching out to students via a Facebook group and other means, we believe that the committee should take a more active role in advocating for students. In addition to bringing students’ suggestions for small, specific changes to Aramark’s directors, the committee should gather opinions on larger questions, such as the overall direction of dining services and which company the University should choose for a new contract going forward. As the University undergoes this comprehensive dining reform, transparency is also important. If students understand why changes are being made, or not made, they will be more understanding of unmet demands. The administration expects much of Brandeis students, and the student body should have similarly high expectations for the administration. As such, the University should reveal which other service provider is being considered so that students can inform themselves about the choice facing the administration and have a say in the decision. Overall, well-fed and happy students will achieve more inside the classroom and out, and will contribute more to the strategic goals of the University. Before sweeping changes are made, though, the administration must address basic needs for its students.
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This past Tuesday, Cooper Union, a prestigious engineering school in New York, announced the unprecedented decision to begin charging tuition. Like Brandeis and hundreds of other universities across the country, Cooper Union is scrambling to find ways to meet their annual budget. The widespread financial woes currently facing higher education are clear. How do you think they can be resolved?
Prof. Michael Coiner (ECON) There are many disturbing trends, and they are not recent developments—they go back many decades. The cost of college has been rising faster than the rate of inflation, government aid has not kept pace, an increasing part of the burden falls on families and an increasing part of the burden falls on the student generation (rather than the parent generation), often in the form of loans. Four-year colleges are becoming unaffordable for all but the most stellar low-income students. Increased government aid for higher education (in the form of grants, not loans) would help, but politically that seems unlikely. I think in the future we will see higher education delivered at a lower cost: more online courses, greater popularity of “commuter” schools and more reliance on credentials other than a bachelor’s degree. If that happens, some of the positive aspects of the college experience will be lost. Michael Coiner is an associate professor of Economics with an expertise in the economics of higher education.
Josh Horowitz ’14 The underfunding of educational institutions is a problem that affects everyone. By being forced to charge more, or at all in this case, we edge out those in our communities that cannot afford the cost. Education should not be given solely for those who can afford it. I think one way we can solve this problem is by not overfunding an already bloated defense budget and redistributing some of that money to federal education efforts. When the government doesn’t help subsidize education, taxpayers are on the hook to help subsidize their local schools and when they don’t, the schools suffer. Just because someone lives in a bad area doesn’t mean they should be subject to a lesser education. We need to make sure that federal money finds its way to the proper places where it can do the most good instead of being used on programs that are bloated and overfunded. Josh Horowitz ’14 is a Computer Science major, a member of TRON, and an editor for the Justice.
Aaron Fried ’14
In any business, when prices undesirably rise, the first and most obvious step is to cut costs. Every institution of higher education, from liberal arts colleges like Brandeis to engineering schools like Cooper Union, should constantly and ruthlessly seek out and cut waste in order to bring only the most up-to-date and efficient services to their students. More importantly, however, colleges and universities need to streamline the process by which they disseminate information. It’s 2013, and the traditional brickand-mortar educational institution of the past is outdated and obsolete. In today’s digital age, the entire contents of a university library can fit on a hard drive, and professors can reach all of their students over the web, as Michael Sandel ’15 has begun to demonstrate. Digital technology allows for unprecedented efficiency in making education accessible and inexpensive, and universities should act as trailblazers in this new costcutting opportunity. Aaron Fried ’14 is the president of Young Americans for Liberty and a columnist for the Justice.
Henry Loughlin ’14 Rising costs and needs are the root causes of financial problems within the educational world. When financial hardship falls upon an entity, it usually manifests itself through multiple routes of impact and affects multiple areas. However, while this is certainly a tough time for any educational institution financially, it’s important to realize that not everyone is suffering; there are plenty of other businesses who are making stratospheric profits. While admittedly a selective school, accepting less than 10 percent of applicants, Cooper Union has long been known for its pledge to provide a free education to its highperforming students. It should seek to create alliances with successful and prospering companies—perhaps engineering or architecture firms—who value the common good to create alliances to help Cooper Union sustain its promise. Certain businesses continue to prosper; why can’t they lend a helping hand to educational institutions that are responsible for training and educating future employees? If there is ever a time to sustain affordable education, it is now. Henry Loughlin is a Politics and American Studies major and an editor for the Justice.
READER COMMENTARY Let committee fulfill its purpose In response to the article “Campus aesthetics should reflect top-notch status” (Forum, April 23, 2013): While it is clear that there are areas around the campus that need to be repaired and maintained better, the way in which you cite the shortcomings of campus upkeep seems to me to be against the fundamental principles of Brandeis; it would be more appropriate to voice your opinions in a constructive manner as to better the community. As a Student Union, specifically the Senate Campus Operations Work Group Committee, it is our job to be in contact with these administrators and be the eyes and ears of the student body. COWG has enjoyed a very positive relationship with the administration that has led to our seeing vast improvements across campus including renovations in residence halls, academic buildings, road pavement, our campus grounds and other areas on campus. The issues that you talked about within your article are ones that could have been easily resolved through the COWG committee. In addition, we would like to point out that Mark Collins, the senior vice president for administration, is responsible for campus operations and the facilities department. Anyone who has ever worked with Collins knows that he is an ally of the students and is always willing to listen to and resolve student concerns regarding facilities and many other aspects of this campus. The COWG committee would like to make it known to all students that your voices are heard when you have concerns regarding facilities. During the next academic year, we will continue our efforts to bring student issues to the attention of the administration and to work toward resolving them and make sure that our committee has a known presence on campus. I would encourage all my fellow students to chip in and contribute to making our campus look top notch: When you see trash on the ground, pick it up; when you smoke your cigarette, put the butt in a cigarette post; when there are small facilities issues, fill in a work order (http://www.brandeis. edu/facilities/); and when there are larger issues, reach out to us. It takes a community of proactive members to work together to make our campus and home the place we want it to be. —Theodore Choi ’13 —Charlotte Franco ’15 Theodore Choi is a Senator at Large and chair of the Campus Operations Work Group Committee for the Student Union. Charlotte Franco is a Senator at Large and Vice President elect of the Student Union.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
Beal deserves full-time campus position By JOE BABEU SPECIAL TO THE JUSTICE
At the end of this academic year, Brandeis University will be losing an invaluable resource that has irrevocably changed campus discourse; a resource that is both an integral and necessary piece of the University’s purported mission of social justice, a resource that has saved the lives of many students who otherwise may have contemplated committing suicide, a resource that the administration at Brandeis is arbitrarily making the choice to get rid of. This resource is the program coordinator for sexuality and gender diversity, Jessamine Beal. At the end of this academic year, Beal will be leaving Brandeis and entering into a full-time, assistant director position at Suffolk University solely because the Brandeis administration has refused to create a full-time position for her. Yet, that is not the worst part. Currently, there are no concrete plans to hire a new program coordinator for gender and sexuality. The Brandeis University administration chooses to ignore that the intentional absence of Beal’s position is not only deplorable, but highly hypocritical, considering that Brandeis prides itself as a social-justice-oriented campus. Are Harvard University, Tufts University, Suffolk University, Massachusetts Institute Technology and Bridgewater State University known for their record on social justice? No, but they all have Queer Centers that receive secured university funding and at least one full-time staff person with a position similar to Beal’s. In what seems to be an effort to save, the Brandeis higher-ups are choosing not to refill positions that they view as unnecessary resources, such as the program coordinator. However, as the administration is frugally leaving positions unfilled due to apparent money restraints, there are many other projects on campus that are receiving funds. These projects include things such as replacing the carpeting in East Quad, campus landscaping and the recentlypurchased iPads that students may rent from the library. However, how will an iPad serve me if I need a person on campus to counsel me who is knowledgeable about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer struggles? What use will new carpets in East do me if I am terrified of and overwhelmed by how my unconventional gender identity will allow me to function in a university setting? The staff at the Psychological Counseling Center currently on campus is not properly trained to deal with these issues and thus does not meet my needs, jeopardizing my, and many other members of the LGBTQ community’s, mental health. Neither my professors nor the staff at Academic Services would understand, have experience with, or could properly address these potential issues simply because they are not trained to do so. Additionally, the Intercultural Center, while an ally, is focused mainly on problems of race and ethnicity, and by itself does not possess the resources needed to put on successful
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educational and social programming for LGBTQ students. Beal’s position is 20 hours a week, for 10 months of the year, and services the needs of students regarding LGBTQ issues on the Brandeis campus. Beal routinely has to deny meetings with in-need students because it is physically and financially impossible for Beal to be on campus as a resource for them as much as is needed. Even with Beal here, the need for her position heavily outweighs the support she is able to offer. If the position remains vacant, all of the students who currently rely on Beal as a resource will be left to fend for themselves. Because of this, it is my belief that if someone less qualified and passionate than Beal were the program coordinator, then the position would ultimately fail to succeed in its mission. This is due to the qualifications and salary of her position being exceedingly low, while the level of qualification needed to be effective is exceedingly high. The only current requirements for the position are to hold a bachelor’s degree in either women and gender studies or queer studies to be considered adequately qualified by the Univer-
sity. No prior training, counseling experience or graduate degree is needed. Think of the current Brandeis seniors who will soon be leaving the campus. Can you imagine them filling such an important position, fresh out of their undergraduate program, holding the lives of students in their hands? Somebody filling a position this important should be a trained and experienced conflict facilitator who has a deep understanding of the mental and physical needs of LGBTQ students. An undergraduate degree is not likely to provide one with this experience. At the end of this academic year, Beal will be leaving Brandeis, but not by her own choice. If it were logistically possible for her to stay, then she would. Beal must leave because Brandeis chooses to ignore the necessity of her position. The administration is forcing the Brandeis student body to suffer a horrible disservice and are putting its mental and physical health at incredible risk. Does the Brandeis University administration care more for how attractive the University looks than for the safety of its students? I cannot answer that, but their actions speak louder than their empty calls for social justice ever will.
American ethnocentrism represents problem in global relations Shafaq
HASAN INTO THE FIRE
I remember that she had a dirty smock on that was at some point a pretty shade of lavender. The hemline was torn and the pants didn’t quite reach the floor. Her face was looking up at me expectantly, watching the condensation burgeon and fall to the sides of the cup. I was around nine years old the last time I visited Pakistan, walking through the market streets of Karachi. My mom protectively had anchored her arm across my chest as she shepherded me through the crowd to the drink stand on the other side. I was jealous my older brother got the mango smoothie so my parents made him trade with me, the perks of being a middle child. I had only taken a couple sips when I saw this girl making her way through the crowd toward me. She was around my age. Her short brown hair framed her small, bony face punctuated by two round, curious eyes. They found my drink, fascinated by the novelty of the bright orange.
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My mother tugged me with her anchor away from the girl. I ineffectually pushed her away, and gave the little girl my drink. Without hesitation, she swiped it from my hands and melded back into the crowd. Eleven years later, I’m not really sure where that childish act of kindness came from. Even at nine, I didn’t think I was fixing any of the world’s problems by feeding the homeless with smoothies. But I was left with a residual global awareness that has, unfortunately, only faded over time. I went to college, got caught up in my own life and indulged in my own problems in my own Brandeis bubble. But now I’ve had to pop that bubble. This semester abroad in Italy has forced me to unwillingly accept that no, neither I nor America is the center of the world. Italy doesn’t have fabric softener and America doesn’t have bidets, but that doesn’t make either culture superior to the other. However, it hasn’t been my time abroad that has reminded me about the detriment of ethnocentrism to the importance of global awareness. Two weeks ago when I clicked on Facebook, I was overwhelmed by the news of the Boston Marathon bombing. For two weeks, there were peace vigils, memorials and prayers from all over the world. From Serbia to Zabul, Afghanistan, people were tweeting and posting pictures holding signs to show their support; “Boston From [Insert
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place] With Love.” We were united in our pain. But the sign that stuck with me was from Syria. “Boston bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria. Do accept our condolences.” While constantly making headlines, the two-year-old conflict has seemingly blended in with the white noise of the Middle East. Like a kick in the gut, the sign forces you to consider the pain other countries must feel with bombs tearing through their streets everyday. But who needs that perspective when the world seems to stop and watch every major news event in the United States? On the same day as the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last December, a man stood at the gates of an elementary school in the Henan Province in China and stabbed 22 children as they entered the gates of their school. In the past two years, this violence has become part of a series of other attacks on Chinese school children. In a similar incident in April 2010, a man stabbed three teachers and 29 children in the Jiangsu Province. Last September, a man with an axe entered a day care center in China’s southern province of Guangxi and killed three while wounding 13 others. Almost immediately after the Newtown shooting, people around the world held signs in solidarity with America’s grief and pain. But for China, other than the obligatory news story from the world’s major outlets, there hasn’t been any-
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thing near the amount of attention as seen with Newtown being paid to this country’s heartache. Why does America pull so much attention to its tragedies from a willing world audience? Have we evolved into a new form of ethnocentrism, where even our tragedies are superior to others? I don’t mean to be insensitive, nor am I diminishing the distress so many people have experienced during these events. If anything, for this one day were we not allowed to just think about ourselves, our country? Our pain, our suffering, our loss? Do we need to be politically aware and informed citizens even through our own national crises? No, but hopefully once our own grief has been acknowledged, we can take a global, more active role in seeing and responding to the grief of others around the world. These tragedies and the world’s reaction to them have shown above all else how connected we are. Whether a developing or a first world country, none are immune from these attacks. Our citizens are dying in the same way, we have a common, enraging enemy and we need to make more of an effort to showcase that connection. Whether it’s a smoothie or a sign, it’ll be from America with love. Shafaq Hasan ’14 is a former editor of the Justice and is currently studying abroad in Siena, Italy.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
FORUM REACTION TO BOSTON BOMBINGS
Prosecutor should abide by state law Noah M.
HORWITZ CIVIL AFFAIRS
The commonwealth of Massachusetts last put a person to death in 1947 by electric chair. The public was so appalled that, just a few years later, the Massachusetts General Assembly prohibited the sentence except for exceedingly rare circumstances. In 1984, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts finally declared the death penalty in all cases to be an unconstitutional violation of the right against cruel and unusual punishment. Since that time, William Weld and Mitt Romney, two Republican Governors of this commonwealth, have attempted to reinstate the death penalty. Yet, they both have been rebuffed by the strong spirit of the people of Massachusetts, who stand firmly against the death penalty. About two weeks ago, two brothers set off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and later went on a rampage in both Cambridge and Watertown, Mass., killing four people in all and wounding countless others. Between the two suspects, the one who was apprehended alive, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was charged with “the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death,” which is a federal crime. Since the federal government has retained the use of the death penalty, Tsarnaev would still be eligible for that sentence under the federal crimes with which he has been charged. Carmen Ortiz, the United States attorney for Massachusetts, now must make the decision, under his prosecutorial discretion, whether to seek the ultimate penalty for the alleged Boston Marathon terrorist. U.S. Attorney Ortiz would be mistaken to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, as it would be incorrect to impose such a penalty in a region that has repudiated it for their community. While I believe the death penalty, in all circumstances, is cruel and wrong, it would be extraordinarily objectionable to impose its use upon a jurisdiction that has disavowed it. Within recent years, the federal government has executed three people, the most famous being Timothy McVeigh, the terrorist who blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building. However, Oklahoma has used the death penalty extensively within their judicial systems. The other two committed their offenses in Texas, which, like Oklahoma, locally uses the death penalty quite extensively. As Johnny Holmes, the former district attorney in my home county, Harris County, Tex., once said, “I say without apology that if you murder someone, the state of Texas is going
to kill you.” As much as I have a deep-seated philosophical opposition to the death penalty, if the federal government decided to “kill” someone murdered in such a jurisdiction, they would be continuing the tradition and the opinion of the community. However, such a zeal for retributive punishment is not the opinion of the community in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. While the murder of four people, including a police officer, is surely an indescribably horrible act, the maximum punishment for this crime, if adjudicated in the commonwealth’s courts, would be life in prison without the possibility of parole. Imprisoning Tsarnaev and throwing away the key would not be, as some law-and-order conservatives say, to let him off easy. Rather, it would force him to face what he did, and not take the easy way out. After all, there is a reason this community wanted Tsarnaev to be taken alive during the infamous manhunt. Plenty of reprehensible federal crimes do not have the death penalty sought. It would not be especially out of the ordinary to simply seek the life-without-parole penalty for Tsarnaev, as that is the most common punishment for murderers tried in federal court.
It would be incorrect to impose such a penalty in a region that has repudiated it for their community. Finally, Attorney General Eric Holder has the power of final approval for the punishment other federal prosecutors may request, and President Obama always may commute a death sentence. The last time the federal government has executed an individual in a jurisdiction that has locally prohibited the death penalty was in 1938. In that case, an individual in Michigan was put to death by the federal government against the wishes of both the governor of Michigan and the general public of the state. According to a 1998 issue of the Michigan History Museum, the governor reportedly told President Roosevelt, “There hasn’t been a hanging in Michigan for 108 years. If this one is carried out in Michigan, it will be like turning back the clock of civilization.” That “clock of civilization” risks being set back a number of decades once again. For the sake of not spilling any more blood in this commonwealth, the U.S. attorney general should use her prosecutorial discretion to not seek the death penalty against the Boston Marathon terrorist.
Hate-fueled punishment for bomber is not appropriate By MICHAEL ABRAMS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
This past weekend I went on a wilderness retreat to Agape—a lay Catholic community in Hardwick, Mass. Agape is located in pristine woods near a gorgeous reservoir that we had the pleasure of walking to and meditating by—it’s really a wonderful place. As someone continuously exploring his spirituality, it was refreshing to spend time focusing on it. However, by no means was Catholicism pressured upon me, as Suzanne and Brayton Shanley—the couple that founded and maintain Agape—are very open-minded and non-evangelical. Together, we spent a considerable amount of time discussing non violence both in practice and in principle. The Boston Marathon bombings had just happened the week before and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured the previous day. This meant a lot of our conversations about non violence related to Dzhokhar, his brother Tamerlan, and how we ought react to the whole situation. The Shanleys have firmly convinced me, or rather helped me realize something I knew all along: vengeance is not the proper response in this case. Understanding the Tsarnaevs and trying to rehabilitiate Dzhokhar is. Now, I am not saying that we should not be angry at what happened nor am I saying we should not feel anger towards the Tsarnaev brothers. I am also not saying that we should not try Dzhokhar, and if he is found guilty, send him to prison. He needs to be incapacitated so he cannot hurt anyone else. I am, however, advocating for a more complex reaction to the situation; one that does not merely involve rage toward Dzhokhar and punishment for punishment’s sake. In prison we should endeavor to rehabilitate him, to help him recognize the evil of his crimes and give him the chance to redeem himself. After all, Dzhokhar was not always a terrorist. Numerous stories and accounts of friends of his from high school described him as “friendly” and “sweet,” certainly not capable of such a heinous act. If all we do is send him to jail for life or perhaps even execute him, we will be committing a terrible crime. We will be answering death with death (either with a switch or over a long period of time in a cell) and adding more suffering to the world. And not just for Dzhokhar and his family, but for us as well. Every time we give in to the intuition that drives us to seek retribution for crimes, we serve only to harm ourselves. We do not undo the bad thing that has occurred, but instead merely add more suffering into the world. Rather than grieving and peacefully letting go of the negative emotions, we allow them to fester. Why? Many would say the answer to that question is simple: justice. He did something illegal and very cruel and thus deserves a grievous punishment. But justice is not about taking our anger out on someone, it is about making amends—correcting the sys-
tem so tragedies of this nature do not happen again. If all we do is continue a cycle of violence, without understanding why the Tsarnaevs committed this act or trying to help Dzhokhar, we would be committing a grave injustice. We need to understand why, what was wrong in his life that compelled him to do something so awful and how can we prevent this type of incident in the future.
The entire prison culture in America needs to change to be considerably less vengeful. This cannot stop with just Dzhokhar however. The entire prison culture in American needs to change to be considerably less vengeful and much more rehabilitative. It is possible Dzhokhar will never be rehabilitated. It is possible he will always remain a threat to society and must therefore remain imprisoned for life. That is for parole boards and medical professionals to determine. However, that possibility of failure does not mean we do not have the moral responsibility to try. We need to help him understand the gravity of his crimes, teach him not to be violent, and help him work through any psychological issues that may have motivated his actions. Stories are coming out that assert Tamerlan was primarily influenced by a radical and violent form of Islamic thought. We need to better understand what is attracting people to these harmful doctrines. Why do they even exist? The only way to counter such hate is to fully understand its sources, as destroying the branches leaves the root intact. We would also do well as society to better understand Muslim faith. The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and kind, the exact type of people who would be excellent allies in the fight against terrorism—regardless of its ideological justifications. We need to also find out how Dzkhohar, a seemingly mildmannered and well-liked college kid, became a homicidal terrorist. None of this is meant to excuse Dzhokhar’s actions. Instead, I am making the case for recognizing the humanity that still lies within him. I am arguing for punishing him and all criminals like him, not for the sake of causing him injury. We must endeavor to reform him, to give him a chance to make amends and redeem himself, and, hopefully, he can live a peaceful and productive life. Letting ourselves be consumed by anger and hatred will only lead to vengeance, not justice. It will produce a bloodier and darker tomorrow, not the gentler world we all seem to want.
Results from divestment petition misleading to the naked eye Glen
CHESIR CHAGI’S CHOP
In the year 2006, many pop culture outlets published a fascinating statistical comparison between the voter turnout for the presidential election of 2004 versus the vote tally for the finale of the then-popular television show American Idol. Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol, boastfully shared the results. The American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, received 63.4 million votes. George W. Bush only received 62.4 million votes. The obvious reason for this: voter apathy toward the presidential candidates. We can blame America’s voting on voter apathy, but, unfortunately, Brandeis petitions do not follow suit. This past Thursday, the student body voted on many important senatorial and other committee positions for the Student Union. However, arguably the most important entity that was up for vote was the last question on the ballot: whether or not the student body supports the campaign for the school to divest from fossil fuel compa-
nies within its endowment portfolio. The vote does not determine the actual action of the University—that is solely for the Board of Trustees to decide—but rather was a measure put in place to take the pulse of the student body on the issue. The divestment from fossil fuels campaign is both an important and contentious issue and this vote was vital to show the opinion of the students at large. On the surface it would appear that this vote was a resounding “yes to divest,” the phrase those running the campaigns have coined. The vote was 79 percent in favor and 21 percent against. However, upon further review, that is simply not the case. First and foremost, the actual vote was severely diluted, as the Union constitution mandates that for “petition” votes, abstain should not count toward the final tally. Yet, abstain was an option for the vote, with 15 percent of those who voted opting for it. With the abstain option, those who voted produced results of 69 percent in favor, 18 percent against, and, as mentioned before, 15 percent abstain. However, those votes were simply ignored in the official tally, producing the results of 79 percent and 21 percent, respectively, for yes and no. After even further consideration, the vote was that much more exaggerated. Approximately 900 students voted “yes to divest” from fossil fuels. However this number must not be compared to
those who voted, but to the student body at large. When comparing those numbers, 897 votes to the 3,500 undergraduate students, the result is only 25 percent in favor. Not nearly a high enough number to show student body support for the cause.
If they were to base their decision solely on the opinion of the student body, then they would have no choice but to abstain. This analysis begs the obvious question: Why compare the vote to the entire student body as opposed to just those who voted? For all elections at Brandeis, we rarely see a high voter turnout and the numbers are always analyzed relative to those who voted. Why should this be any different? The answer is as obvious as the question.
The nature of the vote was inherently different than standard Union elections, or for any United States presidential election, for that matter. For any election, both on campus and off, by not voting you are implicitly stating that you either do not approve of any of the options or you simply are apathetic to voting, and, colloquially put, do not care. This vote is no different. By not voting, as a significant majority of the student body did, one is stating that one is apathetic to divestment from fossil fuels. By not voting in favor of divestment, one is virtually abstaining from voting for divestment. On a campus like Brandeis where social justice is at the heart of every student, blaming the lack of votes on voter apathy, like the above comparison between American Idol and the presidential election, is not an option. The nature of the vote was to show support, not elect a candidate. Support needs to be shown, not chosen. The only burden placed on students to vote was a simple three clicks from their email, a minute -long ordeal at most. By not making those three simple clicks, you are choosing to not show support. At the end of the day, a decision to support divestment, like the editorial board of this paper has, is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. But if they were to base their decision solely on the opinion of the student body, then they would have no choice but to abstain.
APRIL 30, 2013
Tennis squads conclude UAA BASE: Judges campaigns at Championships start to TENNIS
■ The women’s tennis team took fifth over Case, while the men beat Rochester in their final team match. By AVI GOLD JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The men’s and women’s tennis teams completed their respective seasons and took part in University Athletic Association Championships this past weekend. While the No. 24 women’s team came home with a fifthplace finish, the men’s team finished seventh in the tournament. The men’s team ended their regular season last Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to No. 20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The men were swept in doubles matches, falling by a combined score of 24-11. Their lone point came at the hands of Mitch Krems ’16, who defeated MIT junior Larry Pang 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. The men began their tournament over the weekend in Altamonte
Springs, Fla., against No.14 Washington University in St. Louis. The Judges were swept 9-0 in the quarterfinals match that then set up a match against New York University. Each of the matches saw the Judges be defeated in straight sets, with the exception of David Yovanoff ‘13, who took his match to a tiebreaker. The UAA tournament also proved a challenge for the women as well. Tasked with facing No. 10 WashU in the quarterfinals last Friday, the Judges quickly fell behind 4-2 after the Bears took singles No. 3, 4 and 5 in rapid fire succession. The Judges were able to even the score before Maya Vasser ’16 fell 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 to give WashU the 5-4 win. “We knew we would be in for a battle with NYU the following day,” said Yovanoff following the opening loss to NYU. “Doubles was going to be the key to the match and after dropping two out of the three doubles points, we had a long day ahead of us in singles. The key to any college tennis match, especially one between close teams, is depth and doubles, both of which failed
us on Saturday. The bottom of the lineup has struggled to get wins the whole season and poor doubles play sealed our fate.” Last Saturday provided a change in fortune for the women, as they featured several dominating performances throughout their lineup to defeat the University of Rochester 8-1 in the consolation semifinals. Carley Cooke ’15, playing on court No. 1, took home a straight set victory of 6-4, 7-5 to set the tone for the Judges. The win advanced the Judges to the fifth place match against No. 22 ranked Case Western Reserve University. The consolation semifinals did not treat the men well, as they fell to NYU 6-3 last Saturday. The Judges dropped four of the six singles matches, gathering wins from Josh Jordan ’13 and Yovanoff, who also teamed up with Danny Lubarsky ’16 to win the No. 2 doubles match. The loss left the Judges to compete for seventh place against the University of Rochester early Sunday morning. Both teams pulled out victories in the final day of their seasons, with the
women defeating Case Western Reserve University 5-4 to finish fifth, and the men dispatched the University of Rochester 6-3 to take home seventh. The women benefited greatly from sweeping their doubles matches by a combined score of 24-11, Cooke also won her match 7-5, 6-3. In a battle for seventh last Sunday against Rochester, the men’s team showed their depth in taking home the victory. The Judges were defeated the first two singles spots, but they won the remaining singles matches and two of three doubles matches to take the match 6-3. The men finished the year with a 9-14 record, while the women finished 10-9 overall. Yovanoff recognized that the men’s team didn’t perform to the level which it had hoped. “It’s unfortunate that a talented team like ours which was preseason polled to be a top 20 team finished seventh in the UAA and never got a big win over a nationally ranked opponent,” he said. “I’m disappointed as a senior and leader of this team to see us waste our potential.”
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SLIDING IN SAFE: Utility player Danielle Novotny ’16 beats Worcester State junior catcher Hillary Hart to home plate in Thursday’s double header against the Lancers.
SOFTBALL: Mixed results in double headers proves to be theme of the week for Judges CONTINUED FROM 16 the four-run fourth inning. From there, the Judges played solid defense en route to the win. Hitting didn’t come quite as easily for the Judges against Bowdoin College on Saturday; as in the first of two games on the day, the entire team only had one hit. And, just like Sunday’s first game, the Judges fell 3-0. Kamber provided the only hit in the bottom of the fifth inning. Meanwhile on the mound, pitcher Nolan’s solid pitching performance was wasted. She pitched the entire game, giving up six hits,
three earned runs, three walks and struck out seven Polar Bears. Coach Jessica Johnson didn’t believe that the physical taxation played a factor in the Judges’ play. “Doubleheaders are standard format for collegiate softball so I don't think there was too much of a factor either way for either team,” she said. In the first pair of games on Thursday April 25 against Worcester State University, scoring came at a premium. Both games were decided 2-1, as Brandeis lost the first and won the second game. Nolan threw effectively and effi-
ciently, lasting the entire seven innings while giving up only three hits and no earned runs. She also struck out six batters. Entering the sixth inning behind 1-0 having only put one hit on the scoreboard, the Judges looked to their underclassmen for help. After Genovese hit a leadoff single and advanced on a fielder’s choice, Novotny tied the game on another single. Kamber provided the finishing touch after whacking a single that scored Novotny and gave the Judges the lead. In game two of the doubleheader, Ducinski didn’t give up an earned run,
and pitched the entire game. The Judges scattered six hits across the board, and only left five runners on base. In a single game on Wednesday, the Judges fell at home to local rival Babson College 6-2. Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning through short stop Madison Sullivan ’16, Brandeis found itself down 2-1 at the top of the second. From there, the Beavers controlled the game. The Judges end their regular season with a two-game series against Massachusetts Institute of Technology on May 1, and one final game against Babson on May 2.
gather strength in wins
CONTINUED FROM 16 struck out six and did not walk a batter in the encounter. The Seahawks led off the first inning with a run, but the Judges answered right back. Ferro singled to lead off the game and advanced on a Cortese ground out. With two outs, Brenner singled to right field, knocking in Ferro and giving the Judges an important advantage. The game was a pitchers’ duel from there, as no team scored until the eighth inning. Then, Ferro led the inning off with a single. O’Connor tried to bunt him over, but instead reached base with a hit through the left side, putting two men on base. After Cortese bunted the runners into scoring position, Brenner laid down a suicide squeeze as Ferro raced home to win the game. Swerdloff then finished the game off with three outs in the ninth to give the team a vital victory. Schwartz commented on the team’s recent stretch of great pitching as a factor that contributed to the success in the previous week. “It’s taken a lot of pressure off of the hitters, so we've been able to get clutch hits instead of trying to do too much,” he said of sharing the burden of good play. “We are really clicking on all cylinders right now and it’s an exciting thing to see. There’s truly a lot of potential there and right now we’re showing that.” On Thursday, the Judges found themselves down 2-0 after the first inning at home against Gordon College. The Judges played some small ball to plate two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game at two in an attempt to regain the momentum lost in the early stages of the game. In the seventh, O’Connor hit a one out double to knock in outfielder Max Hart ’16 to break the tie. Brenner knocked in O’Connor with a single, and then designated hitter Dan Gad ’14 hit his first career triple to plate Brenner. Ing started the game for the Judges and gave up two runs in three innings, which certainly threw off the Judges’ intention of starting in dominant fashion. However, the pitching staff began to get a foothold in the game, as Elio Fernandez ’15, Stefan Weiss ’13 and Brenner combined to strike out seven in six scoreless innings to finish the game. At Bowdoin, the Judges lost a tight game, 8-7. They were down 5-1 before plating four in the fifth to tie the game at five. However, the momentum soon swung away from the Judges, as Bowdoin scored three more in the sixth to take the lead, and the Judges could only muster two runs in the eighth frame, falling just short. Britton pitched 5.1 innings, giving up eight runs, six earned. Ferro led the way for the Judges, hitting 2-5 with a double, an RBI and a run. The Judges round out the season at home against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Wednesday.
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JUDGES BY THE NUMBERS
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 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 24 22 22 15 14 18
Overall L Pct. 11 .686 14 .611 17 .564 20 .429 20 .412 11 .621
UPCOMING GAMES: Today vs. MIT Tomorrow vs. UMass Dartmouth
Kyle Brenner ’15 leads the team with 18 RBIs. Player RBI Kyle Brenner 18 Chris Ferro 15 Liam O’Connor 15 Dan Gad 14
Strikeouts Kyle Brenner ’15 leads the team with 48 strikeouts. Player Ks Kyle Brenner 48 Mike Swerdloff 40 Dylan Britton 24 James Machado 12
SOFTBALL UAA STANDINGS
Not including Monday’s game.
Runs Batted In
UAA Conference Emory WashU Case JUDGES Rochester Chicago
W 8 5 3 3 1 0
L 0 3 5 5 7 0
Overall W L 39 3 28 12 22 13 20 15 16 17 15 15
Pct. .929 .700 .629 .605 .485 .500
Danielle Novotny ’16 leads the squad with 26 RBIs. Player RBI Danielle Novotny 26 Cori Coleman 20 Anya Kamber 19 Melissa Nolan 16
Strikeouts Melissa Nolan ’14 leads all pitchers with 73 strikeouts. Player Ks Melissa Nolan 73 Casey Ducinski 58 Nikki Cote 43
Tomorrow at MIT (2) Thursday vs. Babson
TRACK AND FIELD Results from the University Athletic Association Championships.
TOP PERFORMERS (Men’s)
TOP PERFORMERS (Women’s)
1500-METER RUN TIME Alex Kramer 3:56.34 Mik Kern 3:57.74 Greg Bray 4:05.46
1500-METER RUN TIME Amelia Lundkvist 4:37.87 Victoria Sanford 4:44.86 Maggie Hensel 4:58.29
100-METER DASH Vincent Asante Kensai Hughes Jacob Wilhoite
800-METER RUN TIME Kelsey Whitaker 2:22.58 Rachel Keller 2:33.03
TIME 11.01 11.74 12.12
Men’s ultimate squad bound for Nationals
■ A year after dropping a game
that would have sent them to the showpiece occasion, the squad made amends in style. By ADAM RABINOWITZ
The Judges will next compete at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships to be held Friday and Saturday at Colby College.
TENNIS Updated season results.
TOP PERFORMERS (Men’s)
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE NEWBERGER
WISCONSIN BOUND: Tron poses for a photo during the 2013 USAU New England Division III College Open Regionals.
TOP PERFORMERS (Women’s)
MEN’S SINGLES Steven Milo
WOMEN’S SINGLES Carley Cooke
MEN’S DOUBLES Jordan/Milo
WOMEN’S DOUBLES Cooke/Broderick
EDITOR’S NOTE: The teams concluded their seasons at the University Athletic Association Championships held this past weekend in Orlando, Fla.
At the 2012 Division III New England Open Regionals, Tron— Brandeis’ men’s ultimate team— seemed destined to advance to its first ever Division III College Championship tournament. The squad just needed to secure a win against Bowdoin College. Yet, Bowdoin’s Stoned Clowns played the role of spoiler, securing the final bid to the big tournament with a win over Brandeis. This year, after a 14-9 loss to Middlebury College on Sunday morning, Tron landed in the same predicament—Bowdoin once again stood as that last remaining obstacle to tackle. This time, Tron did not disappoint, winning 15-6 to earn their first ever Nationals appearance. “We didn’t want to go into it expecting to win,” said captain Gabe
Colton ’13. “Our goal was to play happy and have fun, but yet, we also really tried to crush them to show everybody how good we felt we were playing.” Tron certainly looked the part during the regional tournament this weekend at Amherst College. After a win by forfeit against the Berklee College of Music on Saturday, Tron moved on to secure two comfortable victories against Bowdoin and Merrimack College. From there, Tron fought admirably against local foe Amherst College before suffering their first loss by a 15-8 margin. From there, Tron earned the essential victory against Bowdoin to earn a bid to Nationals. The path to success began in late February following the fateful arrival of Winter Storm Nemo. The club, preparing for a vital competition in California, was forced to remain in Boston, and from there, the outlook on their season changed. As Tron often remained unable to play outside on the turf, Colton said their team goals shifted. “In order to be ready, during practices, in addition to sprints
and runs to get in shape, we tried to develop the chemistry on the team,” he said. “So, when we were in that outdoor setting, we could learn to play in a system.” After initially stumbling to a 0-4 start, those winter practices paid their dividends. Tron earned a 5-2 record at the Woodside Invitational, besting top Division I foes such as Johns Hopkins University and the College of William and Mary. The turning point came on April 13-14 at the Metro Boston Division III College Open. Tron rolled to a 6-0 record, culminating its run with an upset victory over the No. 1 Bentley University. As the squad prepares to compete in Nationals on May 18 in Milwaukee, Wis., Colton—who along with several of his fellow seniors will miss graduation—stressed that consistent commitment and practice are crucial. “We’ve known of teams that make Nationals and didn’t practice until the actual tournament,” he said. “We’re hoping to maintain a regular practice schedule throughout senior week so we can stay fresh and in shape for Nationals.”
BOSTON BRUINS BEAT Bruins strike down Lightning at home before collapsing against Senators in mixed week encounters Having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday at home, the Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 Sunday in the final game of the regular season. Though the defeat erased the possibility of the Bruins winning the Northeast Division, the loss officially set up the Eastern Conference playoff matchups, with the No. 4 Bruins matched against the No. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators first took the lead late in the first period on a goal scored by right wing Erik Condra, who took advantage of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask being out of place to take the 1-0 lead. The Senators struck again, scoring a goal off a slap shot from defenseman Jared Cowen, his first goal of the season. The goal was set up by a number of passes where the Senators swung the puck from side-to-side before Cow-
en put the puck in the net. The Bruins showed some life though at the end of the second period when center Rich Peverley scored on a fast break. The Bruins took that momentum into the third period, tying the game on a goal by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. However, the Senators responded with a goal from center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, followed by an empty-net tally from center Kyle Turris that sealed the game. The Bruins have looked past the loss to the Senators to focus on the playoffs. “You turn the page, it’s a brand new season and you’ve got to get excited about it,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “That’s what I told them after the game, we need to get excited about the opportunity that we have and that’s what we plan on doing.”
While the game against the Lightning yielded victory, it wasn’t without a strong fight from the visitors. Bruins right wing Daniel Paille had a golden chance to put the home team on top a little over five minutes in, only to have his effort deflected over the net. Less than a minute later, Lightning left wing, and former Bruins player, Benoit Pouliot hit an effort first-time that caromed off Rask’s right pipe and away to safety. It only took four minutes, 22 seconds of the second period for the metaphorical ice to be broken. Left wing Brad Marchand laid the puck off to Seidenberg, who has a propensity for his long-range shooting. The defenseman made no mistake, sending a slap shot from the right point into the bottom-left corner to
breathe life into the game. The Lightning began to threaten, as center Steven Stamkos barely missed an open net, and right wing Teddy Purcell was robbed by Rask. With 10 minutes left in the period, Pouliot broke in on Rask. However, the Boston goalie robbed his former teammate to keep the Bruins’ advantage in tact. Then, Stamkos attempted to beat the Boston goalkeeper with a shot from the slot. Rask saved it by making a forward-diving save to smother the puck, which was traveling fast. The stop would prove pivotal, as the Bruins struck for a second time with six minutes, 29 seconds left in the period. Paille did the honors, burying a long shot. Rask then made two miraculous kick-saves from center Alex Killorn,
sending the crowd wild. The saves were the last notable events of the second period, as the Bruins held their 2-0 advantage into the final period. Rask’s heroics continued at the other end, when he denied right wing Martin St. Louis with a brilliant glove save. With four minutes left in the game, center Tom Pyatt hit a shot against the top-right corner—Tampa Bay’s second time hitting the woodwork in the game. Despite the win, the Bruins dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Washington Capitals on the road. The Bruins will look to bounce back from this loss, as they begin their run for the Stanley Cup with Game One of their first round series against the Maple Leafs tomorrow at home at 7 p.m. — Elan Kane and Henry Loughlin
TRON HEADED TO NATIONALS Tron, Brandeis’ men’s ultimate team, qualified for the Division III College Ultimate Championship, p. 15.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Squad continues to split matchups ■ The team endured three
losses to go along with the three victories it picked up in its two-part games. By BEN FREUDMAN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
With three home doubleheaders this past week, the softball team did not fall short in providing excitement. Despite falling to Eastern Connecticut State University in its first game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a score of 3-0, the second game told a much different tale, as the Judges dominated the visiting Warriors. In the nightcap, the Judges won 7-2. The first game was uneventful as far as hitting action went, largely due to the stellar play of Warrior pitcher Erin Miller, who out dueled pitcher Melissa Nolan ’14. Both pitchers went the distance, but Miller, who has won 11 games this season and lost just two, did not allow an extra base hit in her four-hit shutout. Nolan gave up three
earned runs on seven hits. In the second game, the Judges took a more cautious approach. To begin the game, Brandeis depended on “small ball,” a strategy that relies on singles, walks, stolen bases and other ways that exclude big hits such as home runs and doubles for runs. Leading off the inning was center fielder Amanda Genovese ’15 who reached first base with a walk, and advanced on a steal of second base. Afterward, pitcher Casey Ducinski ’13, who gave up just six hits and one earned run, whacked a single, which scored Genovese. Utility player Danielle Novotny ’16 and Nolan both hit singles in consecutive at bats, loading the bases. Shortstop Anya Kamber ’15 then reached on an error by the Worcester State catcher, which scored three for the Judges. In the bottom of the inning, Genovese—who became only the 14th player in Division III history to exceed 50 career stolen bases—provided a home run, and stole two bases in a row in
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TRACK AND FIELD
Teams put forth quality marks in UAA events JON EDELSTEIN/the Justice
PRIMING FOR POWER: Pitcher Brian Ing ’14 winds up on the mound during the Judges’ 5-2 victory over Gordon on Thursday.
Baseball sweeps Trinity at home in ending week ■ The baseball team won
four of its five games this past week, highlighted by wins over Trinity at home. By JACOB MOSKOWITZ JUSTICE SENIOR WRITER
The baseball team won four out of five games this week, taking the final four after losing at Bowdoin College, 8-7, on Wednesday. The Judges then came back home to beat Gordon College, 5-2, on Thursday and Salve Regina University, 2-1, on Friday, before sweeping the double header against Trinity College on Sunday, 2-0 and 3-1. The four game winning streak is the longest of the season for the Judges. Their record now stands at 14-20 with just two games left in the current season. The first game of the double-header on Sunday featured pitcher Kyle Brenner ’15, who pitched a complete game shutout. He walked two batters and allowed just two hits while striking out a career-high nine batters in seven innings. The only scoring of the game came in the fourth inning. Center fielder Liam O’Connor ’16 led the inning off with a triple, the first of his career. Left fielder Nick Cortese ’13 kept the momentum going, as he hit the
next pitch up the middle, driving in O'Connor. After an error and a wild pitch resulted in Cortese moving to third, second baseman Tommy McCarthy ’15 grounded out, plating Cortese and giving the Judges the two-run advantage. The top three in the order recorded five of the Judges’ six hits and scored both of the runs. “The key to the first game was just setting the tone early,” said shortstop Dominic Schwartz ’14 of the Judges’ first matchup against the Bantams. “Kyle started off strong, and then we were able to put a couple runs across to take control of the game. After that we were able to hold the lead and get the win.” Pitcher Brian Ing ’14 started the second game for the Judges. He allowed just one run in three innings of work. James Machado ’16 relieved Ing in the fourth inning and put forth a quality effort on the hill. He allowed just one hit over four innings and struck out six to pick up the victory. “Our pitching has been phenomenal down the stretch,” Schwartz said. “All of our starters have gone out and given us a great chance to win, and the guys in our bullpen have stepped up and gotten big outs for us.” The Judges managed to score all
of their runs with two outs in the first and second innings. In the first, Cortese had a base knock. Brenner then knocked him in with a double down the right field line. In the second inning, third baseman Pat Seaward ’13 reached on an infield single and got to second on a bad throw. Pitcher Dylan Britton ’13 smashed it through the middle to drive in Seaward and then stole second. Catcher Chris Ferro ’13 tripled to center, plating Britton. Eight different Judges had one hit, but no player managed to get on base twice. Trinity sophomore left fielder Scott Huley had two of Trinity’s four hits and was the only player to have more than one hit in the game. On Thursday, the Judges had another complete game, this time by Mike Swerdloff ’13. Swerdloff helped the Judges upset the Salve Regina Seahawks, the No. 8 team in New England. The loss ended the Seahawks’ 10game win streak and brought their record to 26-8. Swerdloff received just one run in support over his last three outings. On Thursday, the two runs of support he received was just enough. He surrendered just five hits for the third time this season and threw his third straight complete game. He
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■ The UAA Championships
yielded a slew of top marks from the men’s and women’s track and field competitors. By HENRY LOUGHLIN JUSTICE EDITOR
Athletes on the men’s and women’s track and field squads tend to put forward their best performances when the University Athletic Association Championships roll around. Headlined by a win from Alex Kramer ’13 in the men’s 1,500-meter run, both the men’s and women’s squads finished seventh at the Championships, which, for many runners, is the season’s biggest event. “For the distance crew, it went very well,” said Kramer. “We an really well in 4x800 meter relay. Ed [Colvin ’14] had a good [5000-meter race]. Amelia [Lundkvist ’14] ran a big PR. It was a good weekend for us.” While Kramer stole the show, taking the crown in three minutes, 56.34 seconds, the 1500 race featured several other top marks. Mik Kern ’13 took fourth in the race, coming in at 3:57.74. Additionally, Greg Bray ’15 took 11th in 4:05.46 and Grady Ward ’16 placed 14th in 4:13.33. In other distance action, the men’s 4x800 meter relay team of Kern, Ward, Kramer and Michael Rosenbach ’15 placed second to Carnegie Mellon University’s squad, timing in at 7:48.47, just 2.46 back from the Tartan’s victorious quartet. Ed Colvin ’14 took fifth and broke 15 minutes in the men’s 5,000-meter run, completing the twelve-and-a-half-lap grind in 14:53.14. Jarret Harrigan ’15 also competed in the race, taking 16th in 15:53.20. Carl Lieberman ’16 placed 14th in the men’s 800-meter race, coming across the line at 2:05.38. The women’s distance crew was successful, as well. Amelia Lundkvist ’14 placed second in the 1,500, clocking a lifetime best of 4:37.87, just 1.99 seconds back of New York University sophomore Emily Cousens. Victoria Sanford ’14, Maggie Hensel ’16 and Nora Owens ’16 took eighth,
16th and 21st, respectively, timing in at 4:44.86, 4:58.29 and 5:21.12, respectively. Kelsey Whitaker ’16 and Rachel Keller ’16 placed ninth and 13th, respectively in the 800, clocking 2:22.58 and 2:33.03, respectively. The women’s 4x800 squad placed fourth, as the foursome of Hensel, Lundkvist, Sanford and Whitaker ran the relay in 9:24.30. After qualifying for the finals of the men’s 100-meter dash with a fourth- place finish in the preliminaries, Vincent Asante ’14 took second in the finals of the event, scorching the distance in 11.01 seconds. He then helped the 4x100 relay team of Jacob Wilhoite ’15, Josh Hacunda ’16 and Kensai Hughes ’14 take fifth in 43.91 seconds. Tove Freeman ’16 placed 14th in the 100 meter by timing in at 14.18 seconds, and she also placed 16th in the 200 meter, clocking in at 29.15 seconds. Casey McGown ’13 took seventh in the 400-meter dash, running 1:00.95. The women’s 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter squads took seventh in their respective events, running 52.60 and 4:18.27. The success wasn’t just limited to the conventional running events, however. Adam Berger ’15 placed fifth in the triple jump, going 12.89 meters. Jonathan Gilman ’15 and Wilhoite placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the javelin throw, hurling 47.97 meters and 47.16 meters. Brandon Odze ’16 placed 11th in the 400-meter hurdles, running 1:08.01. Hughes placed 15th in the long jump with a jump of 5.83 meters, and and Berger placed finished 15th and 16th in the long jump, going 5.83 meters and with a jump of 5.81 meters. On the women’s side, Alyssa Fenenbock ’15 contributed a sixthplace showing in the women’s javelin, throwing 30.49 meters. Kim Farrington ’13 took sixth in the triple jump, going 10.75 meters. Farrington also took 13th in the long jump with a mark of 4.58 meters. The Judges will next compete Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships to be held at Colby College.
JustArts Volume LXV, Number 26
Your weekly guide to arts, movies, music and everything cultural at Brandeis and beyond
Springfest Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brandeis’ annual concert series took the school to the outer limits, P. 20-21
In this issue:
‘Removing the Glove’ Equality takes the stage P. 19
Late Night With Leonard Bernstein
Collection of short films impresses at Festival P. 19
Comedy show brings humor to campus P. 23
Program commemorates musician P. 22
Adagio Spring Show
Dance show kicks off summer P. 23
TUESDAY, april 30, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
What’s happening in Arts on and off campus this week
The Green House: A Conversation between Composer, Performer, and Poet
What happens when poetry becomes song? Composer and Womens’ Studies Research Center Scholar Dana Maiben invites Cambridge poet Martha Collins and singer Elizabeth Anker to compare notes and queries about Collins’s set of poems, “The Green House,” and their musical settings by Maiben. Today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, Women’s Studies Research Center, Epstein Building. This event is free and open to the public.
Film: ‘Pachukuti: Art and Revolution in the Andes
Brittany Ritell ’15 Student shares her dance experiences at Brandeis Josh Horowitz/the Justice
This week, JustArts had a conversation with Brittany Ritell ’15, who is on the executive board of Adagio Dance Ensemble and is active in the performing arts community at Brandeis. JustArts: How did you first get started dancing? Brittany Ritell: I started dancing when I was pretty young, around age five, so I probably didn’t have much of a say. There was actually a point in the middle of elementary school where I really wanted to quit dancing, but my mom convinced me to stick with it for one more year but suggested I switch studios. It made a huge difference and at my new studio is where I really began to love dance. By the time I got to high school I was trying to convince my parents to sign me up for as many classes as possible—they capped it at six. My dance teacher at that studio is like another mom to me. JA: What is your role in Adagio Dance Ensemble? BR: This year I served as the communications coordinator for Adagio and I also had the opportunity to be a choreographer and a choreography mentor, all of which were great experiences. I’m also running for dance marathon coordinator for next year which will be a great experience and opportunity if I win! JA: Has dance been a lifelong activity for you? BR: Yes, I cannot remember a point in my life where I was not involved in dance. We have around seven different dance studios in my hometown so it is a really popular activity for most girls in Ridgefield, CT. JA: How has your dance interest and practice changed since you have come to Brandeis? BR: Brandeis has really expanded my dancing experience and styles. Freshman year I was part of B’yachad, the semiprofessional Israeli dance troupe on campus, which was a style I had never tried before. I then began to learn swing through Swing Dance Club and then this year I performed in a tap dance for the first time ever! I also find that ballet club is really great for improving my technique. Zabelle, the ballet instructor, teaches Russian style which is a lot more structured that what I grew up doing and it has really helped me improve. JA: Did you choreograph any pieces in Adagio’s spring show? BR: I didn’t choreograph for Adagio in the spring because I was choreographing two Liquid Latex pieces and you can only come up with so many dance moves at one time! I did have the chance to choreograph for Adagio in the fall, which was my first choreography experience. I’m really excited to do it again next fall! JA: What is the process of preparing for a performance like for you? How long does it take to perfect a piece for the stage? BR: I practice a lot. I usually go to rehearsals early and practice the dance to see if I can remember it on my own. In rehearsal you can see everyone else in the mirror, so its really easy to grow dependent on that in rehearsal, but on stage it looks so bad if you’re looking at everyone else. The week before the show, I was spending a lot of time on tap because I have never taken a class before in my life and had to work extra hard to keep up. Most dances have rehearsal for one to two hours a week, but I like to practice outside of rehearsal! JA: Tell me about your experience with Liquid Latex this year choreographing a very different style dance piece. BR: Liquid Latex was a fascinating group to be a part of and it was definitely a challenge. The biggest difference with Liquid Latex is that the dances are about double the length of an Adagio dance! It’s also really funny to work with people that don’t dance because sometimes I really misjudge how the average person’s body moves. Latex is so story based—you get to work with characters and a story line and it really helps when trying to come up with choreography! JA: What’s your favorite color tutu? BR: Lime Green. Or something with a lot of rhinestones. JA: What has been your favorite dance memory this year? BR: So there’s this move called a tilt that I’ve been working on gaining the strength and flexibility to do for a few months, and honestly the first time I was able to get that move was really exciting for me. Every year I choose a new move that I want to learn, and a tilt was the move this year, so it was really exciting for me when I was able to do it! JA: What is the hardest part about choreographing a dance from start to finish? BR: Keeping up your inspiration and creativity. I always find that the last 30 second to a minute are the hardest to choreograph because you just really want to have it done but you don’t want to keep reusing moves. JA: Do you have a favorite dance/music genre to dance to? BR:I will always have a fondness for ballet because it is the foundation for all other types of dance. If your ballet technique is good, your dancing in other styles will look better too. It’s also probably the hardest and I like the challenge. — Rachel Hughes and Jessie Miller
Ismael Saavedra’s experience and knowledge of Bolivia, his native country, was formed through his careers as, first, an Air Force pilot, then, a student of law and a law professor, and eventually through his film career. In the last three years he produced a trilogy of documentaries about Bolivia´s process of change, focusing on identity and memory. Today from 3:30 p.m. in Sachar International Center, Wasserman Cinematheque. This event is free and open to the public.
Opening Reception for Coming Home: Portraits of Jewish Women
As the fifth annual HadassahBrandeis Institute Artist-in-Residence, Yishay Garbasz will create a site-specific, multimedia exhibition of photographs, video and text celebrating Jewish women who identify as transgender. Today from 5 to 7:30 in the Women’s Studies Research Center, Epstein Building. This event is free and open to the public.
Brandeis Improv Collective
Share a collective improvisational experience with some of the most imaginative players on campus. Come
laugh while you watch your friends and classmates perform on-the-spot. Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Slosburg MusicCenter. This event is free and open to the public.
Triskelion Presents: The Drag Show
Drag is a form of performance that is central to queer culture. Drag performers employ gender-marked clothing, make-up, and mannerisms for the appreciation and entertainment of themselves and others. Get all dressed up and jump on stage or just watch! Tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Levin Ballroom. Admission is free and this event is open to the Brandeis Community. Please bring Brandeis ID.
The Ties and Disputes of Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK
A personal photo exhibition based on independent research by Shota Adamia ‘15. Come see this exhibition highlighting political tensions political portrayed in art. Tomorrow from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery. This event is open to the public.
Duos for Tony Arnold (soprano) and Michael Norsworthy (clarinet)
Tony Arnold and Michael Norsworthy play new works by Victoria Cheah, Ph.D., David Dominique, Ph.D., Emily Koh, Ph.D., Frank S. Li (MFA), Mu-Xuan Lin, Ph.D., Jared Redmond, Ph.D. and Tina Tallon (MFA), as well as various pieces by other contributers. Friday at 7 p.m. in Slosberg Music Center. This event is open to the public.
Crowd Control Semester Show
Enjoy Crowd Control perform longform improv in their last show of the semester! We will say goodbye to our graduating senior members, Emma Avruch ’13 and Lili Gecker ’13. As always, after the show is the after party. Come sip Cholmondeley’s yummy beverages while watching your friends and peers create on-the-spot zingers. Then dance the night away.
Pop Culture The semester is winding down, so that means with every hour of sunshine we enjoy, we also have a page of paperwriting to accomplish. No need to worry, fellow pop-culturites—summer will be here soon enough. And since sometimes the sunshine may just make you go crazy with excitement, I have a few bits of advice to keep in mind—of course, all inspired by celebs themselves. 1. When it comes to cops, know who you’re dealing with (hint: a cop). We can thank the usually-classy Reese Witherspoon for this pearl. Early last Friday morning, the Oscarwinning actress and her hubby were pulled over by a policeman for, reportedly, driving in the wrong lane. The mister was behind the wheel—and is possibly facing a DUI charge—but the missus is also under fire…apparently for talking back to a cop? See, after the cop performed a field sobriety test on and handcuffed her husband, rumor is Reese didn’t agree with the situation. In addition to asking the officer, “Do you know my name?” the policeman claims she even denied his legitimacy (“She said that she did not believe I was a real police officer.”). The conclusion? She was taken away in handcuffs too. 2. Think: WWMPD, a.k.a. What Would My Parents Do? At this point, we don’t (at least, shouldn’t) yearn for our parents’ approvals of our every move. But sometimes you just have to think about the repercussions of whatever you’re about to do. Especially if you’re Sasha and Malia Obama. This past Wednesday, the President explained on the Today Show his newest parenting technique: copying his kids to deter them from making rebellious choices. He mentioned that if his girls decide they want a tattoo, he and the First Lady will “get the exact same tattoo…in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.” Hmm…that might be a compelling enough strategy to keep any child from getting inked.
Friday at 9 p.m. at Cholmondeley’s Coffeehouse.
Spring Swing Dance!
Love swing dancing? Always wanted to learn how to swing dance? Join the Brandies Swing Dance Club at Spring Swing Dance, the final dance of the semester! Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
‘I STILL BELIEVE ANITA HILL’ with Anita Hill, Amy Richards and Cynthia Greenberg
Two decades after Anita Hill’s brave testimony, this major anthology examines the impact of the historic moment and the woman who brought the issue of sexual harassment into mainstream consciousness. Through personal accounts, political analysis and creative responses, contributors consider how far we’ve come and what feminists are doing now to address these issues. Friday at 3 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store in Harvard Square. This event is open to the public.
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti
“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” features a rich and varied selection of 26 works from the master’s collection, preserved in the artist’s family home, the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence. The exhibition includes many of Michelangelo’s (1475–1564) renowned drawings, which illustrate how he alternated between interpretations of the divine and the worldly, or profane, throughout his career. On view from April 23 to June 30 in the Lee Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tickets cost up to $25, and admission is free with a student ID.
By Erica Cooperberg
Los Angeles Times/MCT
BOUNCING BACK: Superstar Reese Witherspoon has had a recent run-ins with the authorities. 3. It’s okay not to know the future. (Really?) Really. It’s a hard pill to swallow, the realization that we can’t always be in control of our future. This is especially true for graduating seniors: with an empty summer ahead, it might be difficult to understand that someday you’ll get a job. But YouTube personality Jenna Marbles makes it clear that sometimes success comes out of the blue. In her video, “Draw My Life- Jenna Marbles,” the gogo dancer/comedian/internet star illustrates her childhood through the present and shows viewers that you can never really predict the way in which your life
will head. “I was so sad and confused,” she dictated for her Internet autobiography, after realizing she was working in a tanning salon after college graduation instead of using her college degree. And “life is complicated,” she said, after explaining her break-up with longtime boyfriend and fan favorite “MaxNoSleeves.” But, as Jenna says, “You never know what’s gonna happen, but if it’s meant to be, it’ll be. And if it’s not, it won’t.” This, coming from a girl who’s so successful making online videos that she said she is making “more money than I’ll ever need, ever.” Just some food for thought.
ARTS COVER PHOTOS: Josh Horowitz and Olivia Pobiel/the Justice. DESIGN: Olivia Pobiel/the Justice.
THE JUSTICE | TUESDAY, april 30, 2013
theater OLIVIA POBIEL/the Justice
LITTLE TALKS: The Ancient Dreamer (Lara Jo Trexler, MFA) speaks to Electra (Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, MFA).
Play cleverly promotes tolerance By jessie miller justice EDITOR
Classical play flaunts elaborate visual themes By jessie miller justice EDITOR
On Friday night, Visions of an Ancient Dreamer, advertised as a part of the Festival of the Creative Arts, took the main stage in Spingold Theater Center. Consisting of two classic works by Euripides— Orestes and Iphigenia at Tauris— the Brandeis Theater Company’s production was directed by Prof. Eric Hill (THA) and Aparna Sindhoor and translated by Prof. Leonard C. Muellner (CLAS) and his students. The two-part play was excellently performed, from the individual performances to choreographed movements to the production’s thoughtfully staged set. For the first part of Orestes, I was slightly confused and disinterested, but after seeing the rest of the show, I attribute this to the complicated plot. The story started with Helen of Troy, who ran away from her home of Argos after Aphrodite offered her as a gift to another king. After defeating Troy in an attempt to regain Helen, the soldiers, including the infamous hero Odysseus, return home, but complications quickly arise for Agamemnon, a famous soldier. He is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra, and in an act of revenge, his son Orestes murders her. The play starts at this moment, in the aftermath of the murder. He is racked with guilt, and soon goes mad—ostracizing himself from everyone in Argos except for his sister Electra. Agamemnon and Clytemnestra never actually appear onstage, rather both are only present through the stories of other characters. Orestes (Sam Gillam, MFA) gave an emotionally-charged performance as the haunted, twisted murderer who does not regret his actions, yet realizes their magnitude. His performance was definitely a highlight of the show, especially in interactions with Electra (Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, MFA) and his best friend Pylades (Brandon Green, MFA). At times, I thought the play was very impersonal and lacked emotional connections between characters, but that ended up making these heightened moments particularly poignant. Oretes and Pylades’ relationship can easily be described in modern terms as a “bromance”—they are infallibly loyal to one another despite the life-or-death situations they repeatedly find themselves in. Throughout Orestes’ mental attacks , Pylades declares his allegiance to his friend despite whatever anyone else in the city thinks. Both actors were spectacular, and facilitated one of my favorite character dynamics in the entire show. Oddly enough, my favorite character of all had one of the most minor roles in the show—Alex Davis ’15 as an unnamed old man who
explains to Electra exactly what happened at Orestes’ trial for killing his mother. I have seen Davis in several productions, most recently in Hold Thy Peace’s Much Ado About Nothing, and I am always enchanted by his performances. His stage presence and character portrayals are always dynamic, enthusiastic and captivating. After only a few minutes on stage, I was left wishing he had a bigger role in the production. The second portion of the play, Iphigenia at Tauris, picks up a little while after the first part ends. In the end of the preceding portion, Orestes and his sister had avoided execution and the god Apollo (Nathanel Peleg ’13) sorts out all the problems that arose throughout the play. Predating the time periods of both plays, it is told that Agamemnon had sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia (Sara Schoch, MFA) to Artemis in order to win the war against Troy. However, unbeknownst to her entire family, Iphigenia is saved and taken to the island of Tauris where she has since performed sacrifices for the gods. Orestes and Pylades end up washed up on the shore of Tauris, where they meet Iphigenia—neither of them knowing that they are siblings. After much back-andforth banter, they realize their relationship and conduct a plan to escape from the island. Orestes’ ability to develop an emotional connection with his other sister, Iphigenia, is a highlight of the show. Overall, I liked the second part of the play most because it was fasterpaced and fostered a much greater emotional depth. Visions’ set was very simplistic— opening with red-colored draping, which was removed to show bare platforms for the second act. This contrasted with the complexity of the plot and offered a stable backdrop to the performance. The play did not feature any classical dance choreography, but the precise movements of the characters added to the mystical, Greek epic vibe of the play. Most noticeably, five girls acted as pseudo-narrators who stood usually behind the main action of a scene while delivering supportive lines that whelped add substance to the plots. At times, they ranged from Electra’s minions to screaming for Orestes’ innocence. Their movements were synchronized and added to the impact of their lines. I thoroughly enjoyed the play, both for its theatrical and historical values. The visually stunning set and costumes added another dimension to the already superior acting. Visions was a great addition to the Festival of the Arts lineup and is a clear demonstration of what makes the arts so outstanding at Brandeis.
Being a teenager is difficult— among the raging hormones, high school drama and growing up, it is a feat in itself to make it out emotionally (and physically) intact. But what happens when you struggle with your own self-identity and figuring out who you are in a sea of stereotypes and pressures to conform? In the short play Removing the Glove, teenager Will has much difficulty dealing with his own issues of self-expression and acceptance as he “removes the glove” about being left-handed—a clever allegory to “coming out of the closet” and being gay, respectively. The 30-minute play, staged in the spacious lecture-hall-turned-theater Schwartz Auditorium, was an expertly executed rendition of the 1990s play written by Clarence Coo. Melanie Pollock ’14, the director, stated in her director’s note that she first saw the play five years ago and was intrigued by how its comical metaphor addressed a serious issue and its important message— because of bitter social stigma and stereotypes about being gay, it isn’t easy to reveal yourself to others. Will, played by Matt Eames ’13, was the protagonist, and he gave an amazing performance as a teenager struggling with his left-handedness (sexuality) in a world where being left-handed was seen as unnatural, reprehensible and even directly called a mental illness. I absolutely loved Eames’ performance—the perfect blend of awkward courage as he “removed the glove,” first to a support group and then to family and friends. The support group was led by Louis (John Schnorrenberg ’14), whose hilarious antics and dialogues provided a comedic twist to the traditionally serious demeanor of a support group atmosphere. The rest of the five group members each had at least one other role in the play—the cast was only made up of 12 students—including game show hosts, newscast reporters and protestors. At the first support group meeting, they encourage Will to remove the glove, loudly chanting “tell them,” which I personally thought could represent Will’s internal struggle with what to do. The game show scene, modeled
after Family Feud, was yet another example of the prevalent stigma against “left-handedness” in society. The topic was “things that could go wrong on a first date,” and one of the top answers given by the audience was finding out that the other person is actually a “lefty.” Other moments that commented on this stigma were the remarks about stereotypes—like the shock of a football player at Will’s school who came out as “ambidextrous,” versus the obvious acceptance of painter Pablo Picasso, who was described as “artsy-fartsy,” easily being left-handed because of the stigma against more artistic or “feminine” characteristics. Will’s family, who spent the duration of the play seated at a dinner table, consisted of Mom (Joanna Nix ’14), Dad (Vikrant Sunderlal Chandel ’15) and sister Cindy (Kelsey Segaloff ’15), all of whom played their roles very well. Nix was one of the more compassionate and understanding characters, while Chandel reacted with anger and disbelief upon Will’s announcement. Raging with intolerance, he was incredibly distraught that his son would never be football quarterback as an open lefty. Segaloff’s character was very shallow, yet the important paradigm of a parent’s biases blindly passing on to a child was clearly evident. She didn’t seem to have a problem with Will removing the glove, but she did echo the statements of disgust and
assumptions that her father made. At school, Will faced his girlfriend Jessica (Sneha Walia ’15) and friend Louis (Matt Crowley ’15) who eventually accepted him, despite being left-handed. Walia, placed in a very uncomfortable situation, substantiated her interaction with other characters with snarky but true asides to the audience, mostly about relationships and the difficulties of high school. Crowley also gave a great performance as a friend who struggles to adapt to a changing relationship, questioning his own handedness when thinking back on past interactions with Will. Removing the Glove tactfully continued an important dialogue about acceptance and openness that is important to have, despite how much progress we think has been made in rights and equality for the gay community. Homophobia still exists, whether in the media, the courts or the hallways of high school. Brandeis Ensemble Theatre’s most recent production is especially relevant when you think back to media coverage of bullied teenagers who took their own lives this past year and the “It Gets Better” suicide prevention video movement. No one deserves to feel discriminated against or threatened, so I applaud Brandeis Ensemble Theater for addressing such a pressing and compelling issue to society today and doing so with an outstanding performance across the board.
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HE SAID, SHE SAID: Couple Matt Eames ’13 and Sneha Walia ’15 say hello.
Short films display surprising talent By sam mintz justice EDITOR
As part of the packed schedule for Festival of the Creative Arts weekend, two Brandeis filmmakers screened their latest collaborative efforts in the Mandel Center for the Humanities auditorium on Saturday night. Aaron Berke ’12 and Mark Dellelo, the director of the Getz Multimedia Lab and Film, Television and Interactive studies lecturer, worked together, along with a crew of Brandeis students, on Three Readers and The Note—two short films that shone with creativity. The two films featured the same cast members, mainly young Bostonarea professionals, and were shot in the same time frame. According to Dellelo and Berke, Three Readers was a side project that provided some comedic relief as the cast and crew were working on the dark thriller The Note. Three Readers, which was written and directed by Dellelo, is a 10-minute comedy about a young man obsessed with literature. It started with two men, Josh (Alex McIsaac) and David (Jerry Dwyer Jr.) sitting in a park discussing books. The scene was shot at Chapels Pond, creating a pleasant moment of recognition for the Brandeis students in the audience. As the two characters talk, the film flashes back to an earlier phone conversation that they had about Italian post-modernism and reading as a metaphor for making love. Josh is sitting in bed, and it becomes clear that the girl he is dating, Anne (Judith Kalo-
ara), is waiting for him to get off the phone so she can seduce him. A series of comedic events occur, including Josh clumsily falling off the bed after hanging up the phone. By the end of the film, the relationships between the three have completely reversed and David and Anne are beginning to get involved, completing their comical love triangle. Saturday’s event took a darker turn when the next film, The Note, began. Written and directed by Berke, this film featured McIsaac and Dwyer as brothers named Dane and Will, with Kaloara playing their mother and Robert Murphy playing their father. The Note follows the family as they fall apart in a whirlwind of death, deception and drugs. The mother is a psychic and, throughout the film, has a sinister hypnotic hold on Will, who is trying to learn her magic. Dane, who is closer to the boys’ father, tries to break the strange connection as his fears grow about the frightening influence that their mother has on his brother. The film’s climax is thrilling, with several scenes of death and neardeath, as Dane fights to free Will from their mother’s grasp. I won’t spoil the ending, but it becomes clear that the mother has had a poisonous effect on each member of the family, including herself. Objects are very important and symbolic throughout the film, from a baseball, to the family’s house, to a cryptic note—the namesake of the movie. These objects all represent different characters or forces, and each
of them is both successful and powerful as a symbol. I enjoyed both films for different reasons. Three Readers, though it had less production value, was clever and engaging. The Note was masterful in its use of imagery and suspense; it was gripping and had me worrying and wondering about what would happen to the two brothers. Both films followed an interesting chronology, flipping back and forth between time frames in the style of director Christopher Nolan’s Memento, said Alex Weick ’15, who moderated a short discussion with the filmmakers after the screening. Dwyer and McIsaac, who were also present for the discussion, both said they greatly enjoyed working with Dellelo and Berke and had a good time making the two films. Ellen Goldman, who does not attend the University, and Shane Weitzman ’16, who attended the screening, were split on which of the two movies was better. “I … thought that The Note was better than Three Readers; obviously a lot more work went into it,” said Goldman. “I especially liked the color schemes, the color temperatures changed with the room, and it … evoked that they were suffocating in the house.” Because of its superior production quality and more complex story, The Note was definitely a better film than Three Readers. However, the screening was a cooperative, friendly affair rather than a contest, and in my opinion, both films are worthy of praise.
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SpringFe Sunday afternoon packed with rising performers By ZACHARY GOULET AND ELI KAMINSKY JUSTICE STAFF WRITERS
The sun shined brighter than it had in days as Brandeis’ student population rose from bed on Sunday morning. Finally, the day of the highly anticipated annual SpringFest concert festival, run by the school’s Student Events organization, had arrived. The student-run group has managed to book many tremendous artists, which this year included Brandeis’ own Gabe Goodman ’15, 5 & A Dime, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Kendrick Lamar. The gorgeous weather was quite fitting for the stupendous lineup, making the entire event a huge success. This year’s SpringFest without a doubt lived up to all expectations. Goodman, supported by Samson Klitsner ’15 and the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Jon Young on bass and drums, respectively, opened the festival with a “Unnatural,” an unreleased original composition, attracting countless spectators to Chapels Field who bounced to the summer pop and noshed on the delicious food provided. Unlike in the past, Student Events managed to secure several hot food trucks, along with the usual 21 and over beer garden that provided a brand new dynamic to the festival. Despite such distractions, the singer-songwriter was able to absolutely pack the area around the stage as early as 2:30 p.m. due to both domination of the competition for the opening spot, his sheer talent and his major presence on campus. Goodman, who performed several of his live staples, such as “Bent Fiction” and “Midnight Sour” as well as several new songs, was ecstatic about the concert. “It was an incredible opportunity and probably one of the most memorable days of my life,” he exclaimed. And it was evident the other two members of Goodman’s band shared their frontman’s enthusiasm. Klitsner and Young were at the top of their form, bringing a new level of liveliness to the sophomore’s indie numbers. Following Goodman was Philadelphia disk jockey and producer 5 & A Dime, known for his incorporation of electronic dance music into a Top 40 sound. The artist is currently
touring with SpringFest headliner Kendrick Lamar and DJ Steve Aoki as part of the #Bassmob Spring Tour, which includes mostly East Coast universities. Unlike many DJs, 5 & A Dime actually left his safe haven of sorts behind the turntable and interacted with the audience—the DJ’s club-bred electronic music received a much more dramatic, dance-filled response from the audience than the next act. By the time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. took the stage, a moderately sized group of people occupied Chapels Field. The weather couldn’t have been better and everyone was already having a great time, which made the group’s job fairly easy. Detroit’s indie outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, whose attendance at the festival was only announced a few days prior to their performance, played an energetic set characteristic of their live performances. The band’s Jewish member, Joshua Epstein, drew solidarity from the many Jewish members of the audience with a shout-out and an off-color quip about Jewish girls, which elicited many laughs. The relatively unknown duo quickly grabbed the attention of the crowd and kept it throughout the duration of their brief set, which included songs from all three of the band’s EPs, its only album to date, and several singles. The duo managed to blend analogue instruments with electronic components and captivating harmonized vocals, delivered with high energy that solidified their presence onstage. Since their music isn’t exactly what one might consider dance music, there was a small but enthusiastic dance section in the crowd. The lack of studio effects was evident in their live performance, and their performance was not as flawless as on their recorded work. At this point in their career, they seem to be following the current trend in pop music of combining instrumental and electronic elements. That being said, many concert-goers expressed that they were in fact pleasantly surprised by the smaller band’s talent and presence. As the evening crept up on Chapels Field, Compton native Kendrick Lamar, donning a Brandeis sweatshirt, resurrected the classic West Coast hip-hop feel that Tupac Shakur made popular in the 1990s. Lamar’s on-stage
sound is more raw and less produced than his studio work. Motoring through tracks from his breakthrough release Section .80 and the most recent and sensational Good Kid M.A.A.D City the unlikely superstar boasted intense talent on Sunday evening. It was extremely evident that Lamar was indeed the headliner and artist about whom every single member of the massive audience that almost completely packed the field was most thrilled. The rapper commanded the crowd with the prowess of a weathered star. Some of the most stirring moments of his set included his dramatic cover of A$AP Rocky’s smash hit, “F***king Problems,” “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” from Good Kid and “A.D.H.D.” and “Hiiipower” from Section .80. However, the absolute best instant of the entire 2013 SpringFest was, by far, Lamar’s rendition of Good Kid’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” which had the entire audience singing every single lyric along with him. Many have compared Kendrick Lamar to California hip-hop moguls such as Snoop Dogg and even Dr. Dre, and this parallel is certainly somewhat accurate. Like the boss dogg, Kendrick marched across the stage, interacting with the audience between and during nearly every song, accommodating for the absence of a live band that often significantly improves rap concerts. Despite the rapper’s somewhat short set, while he was physically performing, Lamar treated the audience like the royalty he is and should be recognized as a dominant force in the hip-hop world. Over the course of every school year, Brandeis’ student body raves about previous SpringFests, anticipating how the next celebration will compare. It is safe to say that this year’s concert will be recorded in everyone’s memory as one of the best to date. Ethan Stein, ’15 who snagged a private, post-show picture with Lamar, summarized, declaring, “Student Events [has] outdone [itself] once again. SpringFest was a blast, filled with fun and great entertainment. Despite the crunch time for work, students came together to enjoy a great day, with great music, and friends and fantastic weather.” Does it get any better than that?
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DJ TURN THE MUSIC UP: 5 & A Dime pumped up the crowd with dynamic electric beats, standing out from the other performers.
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MUSIC MAN: Kendrick Lamar and Dale Earnheardt Jr. Jr. took the stage at Springfest, filling the afternoon with continuous tunes as the crowd became increasingly
pus rages over rapper
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GET A LITTLE CLOSER: Hordes of Brandeis students and their friends flocked to Chapels Field to see all of the performers on Sunday afternoon.
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TUESDAY, April 30, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
Boris continues funny tradition
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LEADING LADIES: Amy Burton sang, while Jamie Bernstein hosted the concert.
By brittany joyce justice EDITOR
Legacy concert displays pride By emily wishingrad justice editorial assistant
Friday night in Slosberg Music Center’s Recital Hall, about 200 students, faculty and friends of the Brandeis community celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s life and musical career at “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein.” The event was part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, a festival founded especially for Brandeis by the acclaimed 20th-century composer himself in 1952. The concert was hosted by Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, and featured music played and sung by two professional pianists, Michael Boriskin and John Musto, and a professional soprano, Amy Burton. The program also included stories of Leonard Bernstein’s life, told by his daughter, and video and tape recordings of Bernstein playing piano and commentating on the pieces. There was a great turnout; it was the biggest crowd I have ever seen in Slosberg. Every seat was filled, and there was a waiting list to get in. The crowd was packed with both music aficionados and lay guests alike. I overheard one man talking about how acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell “just doesn’t do it” for him, but I also overheard a student asking another student if she was a Music major, to which the student replied that she was not but just loved music. Leonard Bernstein has a special place in Brandeis’ heart, which is, perhaps, the reason behind the large turnout. Bernstein founded this festival for Brandeis as part of the University’s first commencement, but he was also a visiting Music professor at Brandeis from 1951 to 1956, served as a trustee and was a trustee emeritus until his death in 1990. All the pieces played in the concert had some significance in Leonard Bernstein’s life. He wrote some of them, but others were pieces of music that particularly influenced him or ones he simply enjoyed. The pieces were interspersed with Jamie Bernstein’s heartfelt discussion of her father’s accomplishments, quirks and passions. The first four tunes, played by Boriskin, were short pieces written by Bernstein as gifts for his friends. The pieces were simple riffs on a theme, but each note stood out sharply and clearly. It is clear Bernstein had a deep appreciation for the purity of the solitary note. The fourth riff, called “Ilana, the Dreamer,” juxtaposed very high notes with very low notes to create tension while at the same time exerting a peaceful beauty. After the first piece, Ms. Bernstein took a moment to explain why the event was called “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” and why it was
held so late on a Friday evening. Apparently Bernstein had insomnia and did much of his composing at night. However, Leonard Bernstein was also very extraverted, and his daughter remembers that her father’s “late nights often involved playing the piano at parties with everybody singing around him.” He was always the last to leave the parties, Ms. Bernstein told the audience. One of the more fun pieces to listen to was “Dizzy Fingers” by Zez Confrey, played on piano by John Musto. The piece was playful, and the audience sat there smiling and laughing as Musto’s hands flew across the keyboard, playing wildly and stopping and starting up again at the most unexpected times. “Conchtown” by Leonard Bernstein was another piece that included recognizable tunes. Ms. Bernstein told the audience that, although her father never finished this Cubaninspired piece, many segments influenced Bernstein’s later works, such as his music from Ballet, Fancy Free; his Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah; and melodies from West Side Story. When the pianists started to play the theme from “America,” the crowd started laughing and clapping. One of the highlights of the entire show was a video of Leonard Bernstein sitting at the piano, playing and singing a comedic piece called “Zipperfly” written by Mark Blitstein, one of Bernstein’s close friends. Ms. Bernstein, in her introduction of the video, noted that her father would readily admit that he did not have a good voice but that he would trade in all his talents for one. She also said that, even though her father’s voice was not great, a listener could still hear the musicality in it and could hear how beautiful it would have been if only his vocal chords had permitted it. Before Bernstein started singing in the video, he said to the camera that he hoped that he remembered the words, since there were a lot of them—a comment that greatly humanized this genius for the audience. The piece was comedic, with lyrics echoing the words of a poor “shoeshining boy” saying his prayers before bed. The boy prayed for a new suit and was obsessed with the idea that the suit would have a zipper fly, as reflected in the title of the song. The comedic element of this piece was reflected in Bernstein’s changing inflection and affectations as he sang. We at Brandeis are truly blessed to have had this great musician work so closely with the University during his life, and it is important to celebrate his legacy. “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” celebrated Bernstein’s life and paid homage to his extraordinary and prolific career.
Boris’ Kitchen ended its semester this Saturday in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater with “Boris’ Kitchen in the Basement of Some Guy’s Van,” a collection of the group’s sketch comedy routines for the semester. While the show started off slow, it picked up in the second act with more energy and better skits. Act I started with a moderate amount of energy with the sketch “Chilly,” written by Jason Kasman ’16. The strong points of this sketch were not involved with the actual plot, but the use of physical comedy. Boris’ Kitchen members popped out of nowhere and yelled “murder” at the family in the sketch, which was wrongly accused, or just screamed for the sake of random interruption. This opening solicited a decent amount of laughter from the audience and was followed by the opening credits video, featuring each cast member dressed in silly costumes, like Christopher Knight ’14, who came onto the screen on a scooter as “Braveheart,” complete with a kilt and wig. After this amusing opening, the rest of the sketches in the first act were more disappointing. They all started off with a lot of potential that wasn’t fully utilized. “Industrial Complex,” written by Ben Setel ’13, featured workers trapped in an “emotions factory,” which only had a certain amount of emotions available for use. The workers were in
quarantine, and could only use emotions like anger, embarrassment and intense sexual desire, or else they would die. I feel a lot more could have been done with this concept than the darker direction in which it went. Other sketches like “Impressions” also fell flat. In this sketch, two guys try to impress two girls in a bar, with one obnoxious guy encouraging his friend to do impressions that are obviously bad. His friend, played by Knight, is in hysterics over these bad impressions, and he is the only one in the room laughing. The funnier moments of this sketch came more so from the stereotypical party-girl persona the girls in the bar portrayed at the beginning than in the actual impressions aspect itself, so again, this sketch seemed like it had a lot more potential at the start and failed to meet those expectations. The more notable sketches came toward the end of the act, with the best one closing it. “Pretzels,” written by Peter Charland ’14, was about two boys who are learning how to catch pretzels in their mouths from a master of this “art.” As “Sensei Snyder” yells at them instructions on how to do this, he constantly pelts the boys with pretzels. Throughout the skit, he throws an entire bag of pretzels onto the stage, mounting laughter from the audience. The second act continues in this livelier, funnier vein, beginning with a newscast done by Yoni Bronstein ’13 and Setel. The Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” style news segment brought a lot of laughs
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COOKING UP LAUGHS: Boris’ Kitchen performed as part of the Festival of the Arts.
as they poked fun at recent events in the world. The projector screen remained down for the next three segments following this sketch, playing some short videos that were some of the best sketches of the show. “Food,” written by Charland, poked fun at unreasonably picky eaters. It ends with three friends at lunch that can no longer talk because of their different preferences and is highly relatable to anyone who’s met anyone complaining about food at Brandeis. The other standout video was “Stan Van,” a mockumentary-style short about a student named Stan who made his own van service because of his dissatisfaction with the BranVan. The video succeeded because it included the character of Stan, who, like Michael Scott in The Office, is oblivious to his comedic value, coupled with jabs at the BranVan. The three funnier videos would have been better served staggered throughout the show instead of being shown all at once, but the slowness of the projector being raised even once showed why this couldn’t be done. The first sketch back after the videos continued in the high-energy spirit of the second act. A man selling Milk Duds in the audience interrupted the fake sketch and resulted in members of Boris’ Kitchen and the Milk Dud seller walking through the seats, grasping at the candy and throwing it to members of the audience. However, this, and the rest of the opening of Act II, would have been better served placed at the beginning of the show to set the mood for the entire night. The rest of the actual sketches of the night each contain funny moments, but my favorite had to be “Bad Kids,” written by Bronstein. Bronstein himself wore a ridiculous wig as part of his costume, and the rest also dressed up like “bad kids.” The catch with these bad kids, though, was that they were “bad kids—who do well in school.” This stereotype reversal played out well in the sketch because it was a successful combination of social commentary and a good idea carried to fruition. Boris’ Kitchen started off slow in its semester show and the group fell flat in some sketches but was able to pick up momentum in the second act to make up for it. Overall, I think some of the sketches could have been cut or rearranged, but the show was
A cappella comes together in song By rachel hughes justice editor
“Look! Quick!” One of my friends pawed at my face to turn my head toward the door of Sherman Function Hall, where we were seated, waiting for Starving Artists’ 14th-annual collective show, “A Cappella Fest,” to begin. Laughing, my friend pointed at Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel dancing through the doorway in time with the Top-40 Spotify station that had been blasting throughout the venue to pump up the audience. I could tell that this was going to be a good show. To kick off the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts on a happy note last Thursday evening, “A Cappella Fest” assembled Brandeis’ large collection of a cappella groups to showcase the impressive cache of vocal talent on campus. All 13 campus a cappella groups were present, as well as a guest group from Lexington High School. Funds raised by ticket sales for the show went to benefit a local charity, the Greater Waltham Arc, which works to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Starving Artists’ members Ellyn Getz ’13 and Abby Armstrong ’13 emceed the show, which was largely inspired by the theme of this year’s Festival of the Arts, “Imagine the Impossible.” Groups took their creative cues from iconic pop culture fixtures that are associated with imagination—ranging from John Lennon’s song “Imagine” to films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The show opened with a massive per-
formance in which all 13 groups took to the stage and performed Lennon’s “Imagine” together. Coordinating all of the harmonies, timing and solos performed during this number with such a large group was a feat in itself, but the performance was commendable—the multivalent melodies were smooth and pleasant. After the collective performance, the groups dispersed toward the back of the room, and each group took to the stage individually, performing two or three of their favorite or most well-known songs, with some groups even making debuts of new songs. Getz and Armstrong introduced each group with a fun fact about that group’s history, a member of the group or their performance. Starving Artists kicked off the group performances, its members dressed in a bold red, all smiling and clearly excited for the show to come. Their first song was a stunningly resonant rendition of Neon Trees’ hit “Animal,” which has been a popular Top 40 radio favorite. Starving Artists set a precedent for the rest of the groups, who, continually, put complex and harmonic twists on pop songs that we are all used to hearing performed in their original autotuned glory. Company B, Brandeis’ coed classic hits a cappella group, made a world premiere of “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow” for the occasion, for which Sarah Brodsky ’15 delivered an outstanding solo performance. The group added in some subtle choreography that made the performance all the more cheery, and Brodsky’s adorable air-guitar dance moves got the audience laughing and
smiling in a few seconds. The group announced that their 30th founding anniversary will be next year, but they won’t stop thinking about tomorrow anytime soon. A personal favorite performance of mine was delivered by Rather Be Giraffes, who excitedly took the stage, all wearing black shirts with a rainbow variation of neckties. Getz and Armstrong introduced the group’s performance of Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” with a hilarious story about how the song’s soloist, Ryan Mulvihill-Pretak ’16, accidentally auditioned for the group thinking that he was joining a giraffe appreciation club. Another of my favorite performances came from Too Cheap For Instruments, an allfemale group who wore black tops and color-coordinated sashes around their hips and flaunted beautiful, and obviously rigorously rehearsed, harmony parts. Abbie Goldberg ’16 sang a solo part while the rest of the group joyously stomped their feet together to Mumford & Sons’ “Roll Away Your Stone.” The ladies then showcased their flawless harmonic coordination to an ethereal performance of Imogen Heap’s airy “Hide and Seek,” their intonations following hand directions from Deena Horowitz ’13. Overall, “A Cappella Fest” provided an upbeat, dynamic event that was a perfect evening performance for students and families. While each of Brandeis’ 13 a cappella groups holds various performances of their own throughout the school year, seeing all of the groups together in one room, singing with light hearts and smiling faces, was a powerful and happy moment.
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Adagio’s spring show gets crowd moving BRI MUSSMAN/the Justice
TAKE A BOW: The entire cast of Adagio’s spring show enjoys a final wave of applause at the end of their performances.
By ADELINA SIMPSON justice Staff writer
Adagio Dance Company, Brandeis’ largest student-run dance group, presented its annual spring show, “Dance For Your Life,” last Wednesday and Saturday nights in Levin Ballroom. On both nights, the venue was packed with the performers’ friends and families, who eagerly cheered and snapped photographs throughout the night. “Princesses on Fire,” the club’s most psychedelic number, kicked off the club’s performance. This first dance paid tribute to the mash-up artist Pogo’s remixes of Disney film soundtracks that went viral on the Internet in 2010. Costumed like Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and the like, the girls took the audience through a Disney princess evolution, moving slowly and politely at first, and then progressing into fierce hip-hop. Following the girliness of the first number, the boys took the stage with Justin Timberlake’s newly released “Suit & Tie” track from his new album, The 20/20 Experience. Shaquan Perkins ’13 dominated the stage in his red-hot polo. He shook his groove thing so well that it was hard to stay glued to the seats in Levin Ballroom. The more upbeat dances of the program especially represented the best of what Adagio has to offer. In the second act specifically, dances choreographed by
Samantha Cortez ’13, “Let’s Get To It” and “Let’s Go” (also choreographed by Amanda Reuillard ’13), made the spring show worth attending. Both hip-hop numbers let the dancers show off their rhythm and sharpness. But that’s not to discount Adagio’s lyrical dance, a type of dance that blends elements of ballet and jazz and is all about connectivity of movement. The freshmen dancers of this style almost stole the show. Aya Abdelaziz ’16 commanded attention with her graceful strides in the two acts she was in, “Inscriptions” and “Your Guardian Angel.” Allie Lawsky ’16 danced like a veteran in “Feel Again,” choreographed by Andrea Katz ’14. Rounding out the troupe of standout freshmen was Bronte Velez ’16 and Arnold Barbeiro ’16, who choreographed his own dance called “Cardboard Box” in Act One, which told the story of unrequited lovers and their haunting memories. For a dance company whose namesake is “Adagio,” a musical term that denotes a slow and stately—literally meaning “at ease”—tempo, many of the dancers were too polite in their movements during the slower dances. Lyrical dance, which requires emotional focus, usually attracts passionate dancers who want to express themselves to the crescendo and diminuendo of a certain song. The opposite of this is mechanical, memorized dancing, which some dancers
performed. The hip-hop numbers eclipsed some forgettable, too-gentle adagio ones. That being said, Morgan Conley ’13 choreographed “Joy,” in which she and her dancers, part of the Adagio Dance Ensemble, gave the choreography the goosebump-worthy performance it deserves. The dance ensemble within Adagio requires an audition, and its members tellingly represent a more advanced background in dance, as well as a greater time commitment to the art. Besides Conley, the group’s talented, expressive members include: Taylor Lombard ’13, Jess Urbach ’15, Jamie Robbins ’15, Gabriella Velonias ’15, Agnes Baldenweck ’15, and Bronte Velez ’16. The group danced chillingly to a second number, a rendition of “Hallelujah,” choreographed by Adagio co-president, Taylor Lombard. Adagio ultimately gave a tireless and fun performance, all the way to the end of the show. From “Claque Kaduro,” a tapdancing salsa number choreographed by Sara Lodgen ’14 and Karina Gaft ’14, to the closing “Some Nights,” choreographed by Taylor Lombard ’13 as her senior thesis, the show never showed signs of slowing down. Although the club is losing much of its executive board come graduation, the underclassmen, especially the freshmen, proved capable of keeping the momentum going. I look forward to Adagio’s future shows.
JUMP FOR JOY: Adagio’s performances ranged in style from hip-hop to modern to ballet, and featured stunts and jumps. BRI MUSSMAN/the Justice
Student orchestra performs gallantly for festival By FELICIA KUPERWASER justice Staff writer
On Saturday night, the BrandeisWellesley Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Neal Hampton (MUS), performed the first of its two semester concerts in Slosberg Music Center’s Recital Hall. Both as the culmination of a semester’s worth of work, and also as one of the many events of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts this weekend at Brandeis, the concert was an impressive show of collaborative effort, expertise and artistry. The program, which stands alone as an exquisite and complementary set of selections, in many ways embodied the theme of this year’s festival, “Imagine the Impossible,” as each piece enchanted and transported the audience to another time and place. The concert’s unified aesthetic of expressive and harmonically rich writing made for an indulgent and
artistic program, whose every moment was blissful and captivating. Steven Karidoyanes’ “Café Neon: Fantasy on Greek Songs and Dances” began the program. According to the composer, its form is a Greek take on Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly’s Galanta Dances, closely following them in structure, and establishing dialogue between the principle clarinet and the rest of the orchestra through a series of smaller dance-like movements. Exciting rhythmic changes propel the sumptuous melodies around each bend from one movement to the next and tie the sections together seamlessly into an evocative and dramatic exploration of a unique ethnic past. Karidoyanes describes it in his program notes as a fantasy piece meant to evoke feelings of a smoke- filled tavern or coffee bar, and the piece not only instantly transports the listener to this context but also envelops the listener in feelings of warmth and comfort
that one may expect to find in such a setting. Appropriately, the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 19, “Allegro con brio” followed. In this movement, Beethoven contrasts orderly, lyrical, almost Mozartian melodic sections with more triumphant, declarative thematic material. He played with harmonic and structural tension, both between the piano and orchestra as well as between stormier and more expressive writing that gives the piece momentum and invariably yields great relief in the lyrical sections. Wellesley College pianist Michiko Inouye ’14 played this piece expertly, both mastering the piano part’s technical challenges and playing it with musical subtlety and grace. While this movement was the program’s earliest dated selection, it was still imaginative and transformative in a way that we often associate only with Romantic music and what
comes afterwards. The movement’s characteristically Beethoven motivic unity reduced the structure in many ways to the movement’s basest elements, and in doing so, allowed it to be reconstructed into a texturally and materially diverse musical landscape. To finish the first half of the performance, Yoni Avi Battat ’13 conducted “The Hebrides Overture (Fingals Cave), Op. 26” by Felix Mendelssohn. Inspired by the composer’s trip to the Hebrides in Scotland, the piece evokes the sound of the waves in a cave and contrasts tumultuous rising movement with areas of still and serene melody, which join together to create a bewitchingly beautiful sound. The descending gestures in the strings’ accompaniment put the listener in a trance-like state and enhance the sparkling, delicate melodies, while providing a foil for the bright, jubilant statements that punctuate the piece’s evocative
writing. Melody develops through the pulse of the descending gestures, whose repeated falling motion suggests musical possibility and growth beyond the limits of the musical piece. For the second half of the performance, the orchestra played Dvorak’s eighth symphony, his “Symphony in G Major, Op. 88.” Its folk-like musical material and grand, more triumphant themes provided a perfect end to the program as these different musical characters were fully developed through the symphony’s four varied movements. Following a program of rich texture and sumptuous harmony, Dvorak’s warm, pastoral sound was absolutely poetic and enchanting. Music, in its universality and accessibility, is a powerful medium of expression, and this imaginative and uplifting program captured the festival’s theme of creativity and possibility beyond all limits.
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“I would like it if the University had the funds to make that a fulltime position. We’ve been asking for funds for our department for a long time.”
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MONSTERS, INC.: Photography Editor Olivia Pobiel ’15 took this photograph of one of the members of BIG NAZO while cruising the Great Lawn during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.
Alice Zhu ’13 “I enjoyed the food trucks and I also liked 5 & A Dime, but I thought Kendrick Lamar wasn’t that great and could have played longer.”
Sarah Minkoff ’14 “I wasn’t a huge fan of the bands. Kendrick Lamar was really vulgar. There was a five year old with his mom dancing to ‘Pussy and Patron.’”
Teryn Nogles ’14 “Not my style of music. I liked the food trucks, but didn’t like the tables with companies.”
Joel Falcon ’14 “That was the sh*t!”
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Harrison Goldspiel ’13 “My last Springfest and it was kind of bittersweet.”
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I’ve taken a lot of great courses with a lot of great professors during my four years here. I would definitely recommend them all! THE LIST 1. Sports Writing—Peter May 2. Israel, Iran, the Bomb, and Beyond—Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch 3. Ethics in Journalism—Eileen McNamara 4. Sports in American Culture—Jacob Cohen 5. The Sociology of Sport—Brian Fair 6. Writing for Broadcast and the Internet—Margo Melnicove 7. Contemporary Chinese Politics— Ralph Thaxton 8. Problems of National Security— Robert Art 9. Advertising and the Media— Maura Farrelly 10. The American Presidency— Daniel Kryder
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