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Stories Committee to study alcohol misuse about arrests differ ■ Prof. Len Saxe (Heller) will
head the commitee, which will make recommendations by the end of the semester. By FIONA LOCKYER
JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
University President Jehuda Reinharz announced the formation of an ad-hoc Alcohol and Drug Policy Committee in an e-mail sent to the Brandeis community last night. The committee will “examine
alcohol and drug use and misuse at Brandeis and recommend policies to ensure the health and safety of our students and the entire university community,” Reinharz wrote in the e-mail. This news comes 2 weeks after Pachanga, at which according to an Oct. 26 Justice article, 20 students required some sort of medical assistance and two students were arrested for disorderly conduct and assaulting University police. In an e-mail sent to the Brandeis community on Oct. 25, Reinharz described the events as
“unprecedented.” Prof. Len Saxe (Heller), the chair of the committee, said in an interview with the Justice that “many folks on campus have been long concerned with alcohol and drug use” on campus. While Saxe described the hospitalizations and arrests from the weekend of Oct. 25 as “distressing,” he stated that “even if that hadn’t happened, [creating the ad-hoc committee] was still an important thing for us to do.” Recommendations from the committee will be produced
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■ The accounts of students
differ from the University Police Officers involved in the Oct. 23 incident. By ALANA ABRAMSON JUSTICE EDITOR
Editor’s note: Because all charges related to the arrests described in this article have been dismissed, the Justice has removed the names of the individuals involved from the online version of this article. For the original text, contact the editor in chief at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seven students who witnessed the events leading up to the arrests of two students on Oct. 23 provided their accounts of the incident, which are inconsistent with the accounts given by members of the Department of Public Safety, in interviews with the Justice. According to the Oct. 25 University Police Log, two students were arrested and charged under Massachusetts law with disorderly conduct and assaulting a University Police officer, and one of those students was also charged with resisting arrest. Both were arraigned last Tuesday and will have a hearing Nov. 23, according to records from the Waltham District Court House. Both students declined to comment for this article. The lawyer of one of the students, Brian Murphy, a lawyer from Todd and Weld LLP, a firm of trial lawyers in Boston, could not be reached by press time despite repeated requests for comment. Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan declined to comment yesterday on the student arrests, writing in an e-mail to the Justice that “this is a criminal matter in the hands of the court. Because of that I am declining any further comment.” In an Oct. 25 interview with the Justice, Callahan said that one of the students bit a University police officer as he tried to arrest him and that another University police officer hurt his back while trying to control the
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Theodore Sorensen, 82, dies of major stroke
■ Sorensen served as the chair of the University’s Ethics Center’s advisory board until 2009. By REBECCA KLEIN JUSTICE EDITOR
Theodore C. Sorensen, counselor and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy and the founding board chair of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, died on Sunday at the age of 82 from complications of a stroke he suffered a week ago, according to an Oct. 31 New York Times article. According to an Oct. 31 ABC News article, Sorensen was a key aide to Kennedy during his 1960 presidential campaign and his counsel and speechwriter from 1960 to 1963. Sorensen is closely associated with helping to coin the phrase, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” in Kennedy’s 1961 Presidential address, according to The New York Times. Sorensen helped collaborate with Kennedy on his 1956 book, Profiles in Courage, which won Kennedy a Pulitzer Prize, according to The New York Times. Following Kennedy’s assassination, Sorensen practiced law and politics. During the final decade of his life, Sorensen became strongly involved with the Ethics Center at Brandeis. Sorensen is the center’s founding board chair, and served as chair of the center’s advisory board until 2009, according to an Ethics Center press release on Nov. 1. In 2009, the center renamed its flagship undergraduate fellowship the Sorensen Fellowship when he
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PUBLIC SERVANT: Sorensen speaks to students on campus shortly before President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. stepped down as the board chair. According to the press release, “Naming the fellowship for Ted Sorensen was meant to be a permanent tribute to a man who was passionately committed to the ideal of public service.” The Sorensen Fellowship helps provide financial support for
students who want to work overseas for organizations “committed to issues of peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development, and democracy,” according to the press release. According to the press release, “In the past two years, Sorensen Fellows have worked in such
venues as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, Spirit of Youth Association for Environmental Service in Cairo, Egypt, and Experimental Theatre Foundation in Mumbai, India.”
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Women win twice
The risque play put on last Saturday was filled with songs by skilled performers.
The women’s soccer team defeated Lesley College and WashU before falling to Chicago.
The Mandel Center for the Humanities was dedicated on last Wednesday, Oct. 26
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GOP seeks modest gain in Mass Legislature this year
BOSTON—Republican leaders are cautious about their prospects for gaining ground in the overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts Legislature, even in a year when GOP optimism is running high nationwide. The party, after all, has seen its hopes of making inroads on Beacon Hill dashed before. In 2004, then-Gov. Mitt Romney led a high-profile effort to recruit candidates for the House and Senate, but despite assembling an unusually large list of challengers, Republicans actually lost a handful of seats that year. With just five seats currently in the 40-member House and 15 in the 160-member House, simply holding on to those Tuesday and perhaps adding two or three would be considered a good day’s work, according to GOP leaders. “In order to start to run, you need to walk, and before you walk, you need to crawl,” said Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state Republican party. “Unfortunately, our party in Massachusetts is kind of back in the infancy stage, but we’re up on our feet. We’ve been walking since Sen. [Scott] Brown’s election, ... and now hopefully we’re starting to run,” she said. Brown’s upset in the January special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy has buoyed Republicans, who are fielding 108 legislative candidates, about twice as many as two years ago. But several Republican incumbents are also leaving the legislature as they pursue higher office, including Sen. Richard Tisei, who is gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker’s running mate; State Rep. Karyn Polito, the Republican nominee for treasurer; and State Rep. Jeffrey Perry, who’s running in the state’s 10th congressional district. A holy grail of sorts for the GOP would be electing a Republican governor while also cracking the Democrats’ veto-proof majority in the Legislature. During the 16-year stretch in which Republicans held the governor’s office through 2006, they did not have enough lawmakers to sustain vetoes on their own, neutralizing one of the governor’s most potent tools in setting policy. To break such a hold the GOP would need to make significant gains in one or both branches. While Nassour said she’d be “ecstatic” if such a thing happened, more modest gains would at least show progress. Senate President Therese Murray said in an interview she believes incumbent Democrats will fare well Tuesday, notwithstanding the perceived anti-incumbent mood. “They’re not taking anything for granted,” said Murray, a Plymouth Democrat. “The incumbents are working just as hard as the people running for the open seats.” Murray, who ran unopposed in 2006 and 2008, this year is facing a Republican challenger in Tom Keyes, a 43-year-old management consultant from Sandwich who has held several local government offices on Cape Cod. In an ad running on local radio stations, Keyes complains about a “dangerous partisan agenda” and “corrupt politicians” at the Statehouse. In an interview, Keyes was more tempered, saying he did not believe Beacon Hill politicians were inherently corrupt, but that one-party domination has led to backroom deals and abuses of power. “First and foremost, we need to make sure the Legislature is subject to open and transparent policies,” he said. “Without it, we will have senators and representatives engaging in activities that will be mistakes.” Murray said she has embraced a number of reforms aimed at making Senate business more open, including posting bills at least 72 hours before they are debated and holding regular meetings with Republican leadership.
Oct. 28—A party informed University Police that he may have broken his ankle in Usen Hall. BEMCo staff treated the party on-scene with a signed refusal for further care. Oct. 28—A 60-year-old male staff member in the Mandel Center for the Humanities complained of chest pains and requested an ambulance. The party was transported to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Larceny Oct. 26—Two individuals reported that their credit cards had been compromised from the Sachar International Center. University Police compiled reports on the incidents. The matter is under investigation. Oct. 26—University Police received a report that a football had been stolen from the Gos-
man Sports and Convocation Center. A report was compiled on the theft. Oct. 27—Two individuals reported that their credit cards had been compromised from the Sachar International Center. University Police compiled reports on the incidents. The matter is under investigation. Oct. 28—An individual reported to University Police that there had been an unauthorized attempt to use the party’s credit card, but no funds were lost because fraud protection had closed the account. A report was compiled on the event, and the matter is under investigation. Oct. 29—A student in Shapiro Residence Hall had his video game console and video games stolen. University Police compiled a report on the theft. Oct. 30—A party in Rosenthal
South reported that his computer and cell phone charger were stolen. University Police compiled a report on the theft. Oct. 30—Two individuals in the Charles River Apartments informed University Police that several items had been stolen from an unlocked suite. University Police compiled a report on the theft.
Disturbance Oct. 27—University Police received a report of approximately 10 people behind the Lown School of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies in the Mandel Quad. The parties were advised to leave the area and a report has complied by University Police. Oct. 29—A party informed University Police that loud music was heard in the area near the Charles River Apartments.
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Miscellaneous Oct. 28—A party outside of Sherman Dining Hall reported that there were two parties recruiting for a religious cause. University Police spoke with the parties, a Texas-based group named Childeress was working out of the Rivers Church in Waltham. No further action was taken by the police. Oct. 29—A party reported smelling an electrical fire near the Lemberg Center at the Sachar International Center. University Police detected the odor of smoke but no fire was found. An electrician was notified to check the scene.
—compiled by Fiona Lockyer
SENATE LOG Union Senate approves cage-free resolution
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Triskelion dance a success CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
University Police checked the area but found nothing.
Students dressed in costume and danced the night away at the Triskelion dance this past Saturday before Halloween. The dance theme was “Military Discipline.”
At the Oct. 31 Student Union meeting, the Senate unanimously approved a request that the Global Haiti Initiative to change its name to the Brandeis Haiti Initiative. The members of the club said they would be planning more educational events and panels. Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees Heddy Ben-Atar ’11 reported on her meeting with the Board of Trustees about student issues and suggested that students’ problems may be connected to dining hall hours on the weekends, which are not as long as weekday hours. In addition, Ben-Atar mentioned the possibility of buildings such as Usdan Dining Hall being renovated to accommodate more students. Director of Community Advocacy Sarah Geller ’13 presented ideas for senators to become more involved with their constituents, suggesting that senators introduce themselves to their constituents. Seth Grande ’12 presented a letter about cage-free eggs that would be sent to Dining Services, which he drafted with Executive Senator and Senator for the Class of 2012 Abby Kulawitz. Kulawitz presented a resolution that would formally show Student Union support for the cage-free eggs initiative. The resolution was unanimously passed. Senator for the Class of 2011 Abraham Berin presented a Senate Money Resolution that was drafted by him, Senator for the Class of 2013 Liya Kahan and Senator for East Quad Albert Feldman ’13. The SMR detailed the routes, times and costs of the Thanksgiving shuttles and stated that the Student Union is responsible for “sponsoring” the Thanksgiving shuttles to Boston and New York City. The Senate then went into Executive Session for thre remainder of the meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Quantitative biology and physics colloquium Research has suggested that the methods and concepts of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics might be applicable and informative for the analysis of the spontaneous self-assembly of viruses. In the seminar, presented by Robijn Bruinsma from the University of California, Los Angeles, some of the successes and failures of applying concepts borrowed from equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to viral assembly, such as the Law of Mass Action and the GibbsThomas effect, will be discussed as well as outstanding riddles in the field. Today from 4 to 5 p.m. in Abelson-Bass-Yalem 131.
Peace Corps brown bag information session Come find out about Peace Corps service from a panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers who will speak about their experiences at the evening information session. The session will also include information about Peace Corps benefits, the application process and
time for questions. Peace Corps volunteers receive round-trip transportation overseas, a monthly living allowance, full medical/dental coverage, 24 vacation days per year and a $7,425 readjustment allowance after completion of service. RSVP via Hiatt NACElink online. Tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hiatt Career Center.
Linguistic anthropology with James Herron Come enjoy afternoon coffee with Linguistic Anthropologist, James Herron, from the Harvard Writing Project. Please RSVP for the event on the Anthropology LATTE site. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center 315.
Jewish communities about striving to purge the nations of anti-Semitism, so that we may create an environment in which peace and coexistence can prosper. Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
Online lecture: “Israel on Campus” University President Jehuda Reinharz will give an interactive lecture and participate in a live discussion. Reinharz will explore how Israel is perceived on American campuses today, who are the detractors, why Israel is losing ground among contemporary college students and faculty and what can be done about it. RSVP through the “Faculty Lecture Forum Online” section of the Alumni Associaton website. Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor Irving Roth is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, N.Y.. Roth will be speaking to the Brandeis and surrounding Jewish and non-
Bingo! Come to Bingo and see what kind of fun fall prizes are available! Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight in The Stein.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mandel Center is officially dedicated Trustees ■ The Mandel Foundation
donated a $22.5M grant to Brandeis to build the Mandel Center for the Humanities. By ANDREW WINGENS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Mandel Humanities Quad, made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Mandel Foundation, opened for use by students and faculty this semester and were officially dedicated on Tuesday Oct. 26. Morton Mandel, whose foundation gave the grant that supported the construction of the Mandel Center, addressed a standing-room onlycrowd of Brandeis trustees, faculty members, students and benefactors, at the dedication ceremony after describing the building as “awesome.” The Mandel Foundation, founded by Morton Mandel and his brothers, Joseph and Jack, gave the University a grant of $22.5 million to build the Mandel Center. University President Jehuda Reinharz noted that this is the largest grant ever given by the Mandel Foundation and it is among the largest gifts ever given to support the humanities in the United States. Mandel called the building “ a thing of beauty beyond being a facility; [it is] a tool that will improve education on this campus.” Mandel said he was blown away when he had lunch with about a dozen humanities faculty members who told him that the building made them more able to interact with one another. Mandel added that it was a “wonderful, pleasant surprise” to learn that the Mandel Center for the Humanities had a deep impact on the faculty. “The notion that in this building [the faculty] will practice their craft more effectively, to me, was almost overwhelming” he said. Mandel added that the building surpassed his expectations and the Mandel Center “is a lot more than being able to make a grant and doing good things. [...] It is about changing the world.” Mandel’s wife, Barbara, a Brandeis trustee, thanked all those who worked on the project and said it feels much better to give than receive. She said she will not forget all the kind remarks of faculty and students who have been positively affected by the new building.
Prior to the construction of the Mandel Center, the Mandel family had “generously supported Brandeis through the establishment of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, the Mandel Chair in Jewish Education, the Barbara and Morton Mandel Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, and the Barbara and Morton Mandel Endowed Graduate Fellowship in English and American Literature” according to the dedication pamphlet. Reinharz praised the Mandel Family and said the University has been extremely “fortunate to have Mort and Barbra Mandel’s passion, support, care, and commitment, over many years as partners in many projects” Reinharz added, “The Mandel brothers invest in people, people who have the value, ability and passion to change the world.” Reinharz will become president of the Mandel Foundation after he steps down as president at the end of the calendar year. The Mandel Foundation helps provide outstanding leadership for nonprofit institutions. According to its website, “The Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at selected universities and organizations.” Reinharz noted the significance of the new building for the humanities, explaining that the humanities are struggling “disproportionately” because both students and monetary support are being drawn away from the humanities. He further described that a “combination of social and demographic trends, economic factors and changing job markets have attracted a growing number of undergraduate students to fields other than the humanities.” “Without the study of the humanities, our own humanity is diminished,” said Reinharz. “The Mandel Center is a clear message to everyone that the humanities are important here at Brandeis, that architecture is important at Brandeis, and beauty is important at Brandeis. These are values that the Mandels share with us.” Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University Anthony Grafton was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony. His talk was titles “Readers and Books of Renaissance Europe.” In her introduction of Grafton, Prof. Ramie Targoff (ENG), director of the Mandel Center, said Grafton was the
hold first biannual meeting ■ Issues such as social life
on campus, the Linsey pool and dining changes were presented at the meeting. By JILLIAN WAGNER JUSTICE EDITOR
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DEDICATION CEREMONY: Morton Mandel cuts the ribbon at the Oct. 26 ceremony. perfect person to launch the center for the humanities because of his “ability to combine his vast knowledge of a world long gone with questions and concerns that occupy us today.” Faculty, administrators, trustees and students expressed enthusiasm and delight with the new Mandel Center. Trustee Daniel Jick ’79 said in an interview with the Justice after the event, “I thought it was spectacular.” He added it is fortunate to have a donor who “appreciates the impact [the Mandel Center] will have on students, [and] on faculty.” Heddy Ben-Atar ’11, senior representative to the Board of Trustees, said of the Mandel Center, in an interview with the Justice, “It puts Brandeis at the forefront of higher
education by showing our dedication to kinds of things other schools are neglecting, including the humanities.” Targoff, in an interview with the Justice after the event, said of the building, “We are all really, really grateful for this building. It has changed honestly the way we interact with each other as colleagues and it has brought a really new enthusiasm to the campus.” Targoff added praise of the Mandel family. She said, “Just hearing Mort Mandel, who is so committed to both a change in the world and in a smaller way, the way we do our work at Brandeis—I think it is going to have a real effect on our attitudes toward the University, towards this building, and makes me want to do more for the community.”
Univ receives B on sustainability report card ■ Despite the overall B,
Brandeis got an A in Student Involvement and a C in Endowment Transparency. By ANDREW WINGENS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Brandeis received an overall grade of a B on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card released Oct. 27. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a nonprofit institution that works to advance sustainability on college campuses and in college investment practices, conducted the report. The Sustainability Report Card is an independent report that, according to its website, evaluates the “sustainability in campus operations and endowment” for over 300 colleges in the United States and Canada through the use of surveys and public data. Brandeis’ overall grade remained the same from 2010 to 2011. The Green Report Card grade is based on nine main components: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and shareholder engagement, according to the Green Report Card website. Brandeis received an A in Climate Change and Energy, Student Involvement and Investment Priorities; a B in administration, food and recycling, Green Building and transportation; and a C in endowment transparency and shareholder engagement.
The report stated for climate change and energy that “the University has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent from 2008 levels by 2015.” The report also noted that the University encourages energy conservation and has installed new technologies and renewable energy sources on campus. Student involvement also received an A, and Brandeis was praised for student participation in energy conservation and waste reduction competitions and students such as Students for Environmental Action and the Student Union that offers ’DeisBikes and other sustainabilityminded programs. In an e-mail to the Justice, SEA President Hannah Saltman ’12 wrote, “The fact that we received an A in Student Involvement recognizes our student body’s high level of commitment in driving environmental initiatives on campus.” Saltman attributed the grade to the various initiatives that members of SEA have helped to create such as the Brandeis Sustainability Fund, “which provides grant funding to students to implement their own sustainability projects on campus” and their partnership with Students for a Just and Stable Future, which is lobbying the Massachusetts state legislature to run on 100-percent clean electricity by 2020. Janna Cohen-Rosenthal ’03, the Brandeis Sustainability Coordinator, said in an interview with the Justice, “I am proud that we have the A in Student Involvement and I am proud
that we have an A in Climate Change and energy. … We are definitely open to doing more things, and our climate change action plan has a lot more room to do more things and implement them.” The University received its lowest grade of a C on endowment transparency and shareholder engagement. The Brandeis University Office of Investment Management did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Emily Flynn, a research fellow at the Sustainable Endowments Institute, said in an e-mail to the Justice that endowment practices are a large part of the Green Report Card because “endowment investment decisions are a direct expression of a universities” financial values and priorities.” Therefore, she said, universities should “prioritize social and environmental funds, like renewable energy and community loan funds.” Flynn also noted that the universities surveyed for the Green Report Card have “a cumulative $325 billion in endowment assets,” and thus, “that money can be hugely influential in improving campus operations. Flynn said that Brandeis can improve its grade on the Endowment Transparency section of the Green Report Card by “making endowment information easily accessible to the general public, for example, through an online public website or available at a campus office.” Cohen-Rosenthal criticized the Green Report Card for being confusing, subjective, unclear and not help-
ful when the University looks for ways to improve sustainability on campus. She said, “It is a great tool for working on endowment issues … clearly their priority and their focus is on endowments.” She said, however, that the Green Report Card is too simplistic because it does not take into account the complexity of the issues beyond endowment transparency. Cohen-Rosenthal said that in part due to the simplicity of the Green Report Card, she has registered the university for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System. STARS “is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability,” according to its website. STARS is a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, an association of colleges and universities that helps to educate and promote sustainable practices on campuses. Cohen-Rosenthal said that STARS would help identify new methods of improving campus sustainability, particularly in the realm of Climate Change and Energy. She added that the STARS definition of sustainability is “super broad” and will encompass a broader range of campus sustainability efforts. For example, STARS will take into account educational offerings and other aspects that the Green Report Card does not. Cohen-Rosenthal and students are currently compiling the data they hope to have online in January.
According to Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees Heddy Ben-Atar ’11, four issues that the Student Union is focusing on this year were presented to the Board of Trustees at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. The issues included improving social life on campus, students’ reactions to the admissions policy changes that are being implemented for the Class of 2015, the importance of renovating the Linsey pool and potential dining changes. Ben-Atar said that it is important for students to have better social experiences on campus. To address this, a social life committee is in the process of being formed, Student Union President Daniel Acheampong ’11 said in an interview with the Justice. Though he stressed that the committee is still in development, Acheampong wrote in a follow-up e-mail to the Justice that the committee “will analyze the social atmosphere and find ways to improve it. This committee will provide the highest level of communication between campus/club leaders to consolidate resources and to administer parties and events.” Ben-Atar said that alcohol safety is a priority, but she also addressed potentially altering The Stein and Ollies’ liquor license so that students would be able to consume alcohol on campus past midnight, since most bars in Waltham serve alcohol until 1 a.m. She also said she believes that there should be more party events on campus to alleviate the problem of widespread student intoxication that is often associated with Pachanga. Pachanga is “really the only big party on campus where all students come together, and if there were more events like that, students might be safer about how they interact with alcohol,” she said. A second issue that Ben-Atar presented to the Board was student feedback about the admissions policy changes. Ben-Atar reported to the Board that students would like to see exactly how many students the changes will affect. Another issue that was discussed was the Linsey pool. A short video about the importance of renovating the pool, which featured interviews with three students and a Gosman Sports and Convocation Center manager, was presented at the meeting. Changes to campus dining, such as offering more food options, having more available seating and renovating the dining halls, were also discussed at the meeting, BenAtar said. The Student Union will work on all of these issues with the administration throughout the year until the Board of Trustees meets again in March, Ben-Atar said. The Board of Trustees also approved promotions for Profs. David Engerman (HIST), Kathryn Graddy (ECON), Caren Irr (ENG) and Arthur Holmburg (THA), according to an e-mail to the Justice from Provost Marty Krauss. In addition, Prof. Zvonimir Dogic (PHYS) was promoted to associate professor with tenure, and President-Elect Frederick Lawrence was appointed as a full tenured professor in the Politics department, according to the e-mail.
—Harry Shipps contributed reporting.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
Union cancels shuttle route Real food coalition
■ The Senate is also holding announced trials of expanded BranVan service to accommodate more students.
makes progress in cage-free dining
By SARA AHMED JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
The Senate decided to discontinue bus service to Long Island for the Thanksgiving break, while preserving service to Logan Airport and New York City at Sunday’s Senate meeting. In addition, Brandeis University Escort Service is holding trial periods of an extra van to Waltham that will help the service determine whether or not an additional BranVan is necessary for the student body. The Student Union has finalized the schedules and costs for the Thanksgiving shuttles that transport students to South Station, Logan Airport and Pennsylvania Station in New York City before the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a Senate Money Resolution passed by the Student Union on Oct. 31. According to Article 6, Section 1 of the Union Bylaws, the Student Union is responsible for funding transportation for students before both the Thanksgiving break and the Spring/Passover Recess. During the Oct. 24 meeting, service to Long Island was canceled because students would still be able to travel to Long Island by train after arriving at Pennsylvania Station, according to the senate log in the Oct. 26 issue of the Justice. During the Oct. 31 meeting, Senator for the Class of 2011 Abraham Berin presented a Senate Money Resolution that detailed the routes, times and costs of the Thanksgiving shuttles. According the SMR, six shuttles will leave from the Rabb steps on Nov. 23 and 24, the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Each bus to South Station and Logan Airport will cost the Student Union about $350 and each bus to Penn Station in New York City will cost the Student Union $1,200, making the gross cost of the buses $5,000. The Student Union has $3,300 in funds outside of its budget to fund the buses, so the total net cost of the buses is $1,700. In addition to funding the Thanksgiving shuttles, the Student
■ Seth Grande ’12, leader
of the Cage-free Campus Initiative, met with Aaron Bennos to discuss the price increase for using cage-free eggs. By MARIELLE TEMKIN JOSHUA LINTON/the Justice
SHUTTLE CHANGES: Senator for the Class of 2011 Abraham Berin ’11 presents a Senate Money Resolution at the Oct. 31 Senate meeting. Union is also working with Escort Services to run trials of an extra Waltham van. Unannounced trials of the Waltham van were held on Oct. 25 and 26. Announced trials, where students were notified in an e-mail from Student Union President Daniel Acheampong ’11 beforehand, were held on yesterday and another one will be held today. In an interview with the Justice, Berin said that the purpose of holding unannounced trials was to determine how an extra van would accommodate the usual amount of students taking vans. He explained that if students were to be aware that there was an extra Waltham van running, more students would take vans on that day, because they would know that there would be more spaces available. Berin said that data they will collect from both types of trials will “gauge actual demand” of an additional van. According to Berin, Escort Services will analyze information such as the number of reservations made for vans, the number of seats occupied on the van as well as any feedback received from the student community. Berin said that students can e-mail him with any particular concerns about the vans. The purpose of running these trials
is to “serve the Brandeis community,” said Acheampong, in an interview with the Justice. Acheampong said that if there is an “actual demand” presented by the students, the Student Union has a responsibility to “fill that demand.” In addition to this initiative, the Student Union is adding signs to the Brandeis shuttle vans so that students will be able to distinguish between the campus vans and the Waltham vans. According to Berin, the signs for the campus vans will be blue and the signs for the Waltham vans will be white with red lettering. The signs will be on both sides of the vans. The goal of adding signs is to reduce confusion among students in determining whether an approaching van is a campus or Waltham van. According to Berin, the signs will be posted on the vans within two weeks. Berin said that the van signs initiative was a “direct result” of a Brandeis student who personally approached members of the Student Union expressing a concern to the Student Union. According to Berin, the issue was dealt with within a week. “If the resources are there,” said Berin, “the Student Union will do everything [to address student concerns].”
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The Brandeis Real Food Coalition is still working to make the campus use exclusively cage-free eggs in all areas of campus food preparation and serving. There is currently a poll on the Student Union’s website asking students if they would support this switch if it resulted in a $20 increase in the price of a meal plan. In an interview with the Justice, Student Union President Daniel Acheampong ’11 said that the $20 increase stated in the poll’s question would be per year, not per semester. The poll does not currently specify this—it reads “Would you support dining switching to serving exclusively cage-free eggs if it entailed a $20 increase in cost of meal plan?” Acheampong also said that the $20 “is an estimate, … but it is the number we are currently working with.” Seth Grande ’12, the leader of the Cage Free Campus Initiative, wrote in an e-mail to the Justice that according to his meeting with Head of Dining Services Aaron Bennos “The increase for the meal plan will be in the range of $8 per semester if it goes through. I believe the number was 8.50 or 8.75, which is consistent with what we have seen at other schools.” At press time, the current Student Union poll had 192 votes. The
results, which can be seen on the Student Union’s website, were that 68 percent of voters said they would still support the switch if it entailed a $20 increase in meal plans, while 32 percent of voters said they would not. Acheampong said that he “was hoping a lot of students would come out for this poll,” because the first poll had a very large turnout. According to an Oct. 17 interview with the Justice, Acheampong said that the first poll received 877 total votes. He said that the small amount of participants “makes it difficult to see what the entire student body wants.” Acheampong said that in order to increase the amount of participants, he will send out a link to this poll in an e-mail to the student body. He said, “We don’t want to make this exclusive change without having the real student input. In the first couple of polls, an overwhelming number [of participants] said yes, but they didn’t know the exact amount [meal plans would increase by] then. We don’t know if students are undecided [about the change in price], … but it’s still an issue that needs to be decided.” Acheampong said he will be having a meeting with Bennos and Senior Vice President for Administration Mark Collins sometime early this week and that Grande will be attending that meeting with him. Acheampong said that Bennos and Collins have stated in previous meetings that “they want to see that there is student support for this switch.” “Dining services wanted to see if there was support for this,” Grande said. “I’m feeling hopeful about that.”
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situation. Furthermore, Callahan said that the Waltham Police Department was called to provide assistance. The seven student eyewitnesses who were interviewed said that while the student charged with resisting arrest in addition to the other two charges was extremely intoxicated, they did not witness him exhibiting any violent behavior. They also said that they did not see the other student engaging in disorderly conduct or striking a police officer and that he had not been drinking. The students also said that no drugs were involved with the incidents. John Homans ‘12, who said he was present for the entire sequence of events up until the first arrest, admitted that he had been drinking but that he felt confident about his recollections from the night. Homans said the two had attended a rugby social and that one of the students had consumed approximately five shots and two beers before the party and approximately 17 beers at the party. He explained that by the end of the social that student was so intoxicated that he and Ami Spiwak ‘12 had to carry him back to his suite in Ziv Quad. Describing the student’s state after the rugby social, Spiwak said, “John and I were on either side of him; he had his arms wrapped around us and he was dragging his feet along, so he was intoxicated, obviously.” Homans said that once they reached the suite, he and Spiwak and approximately three other students who do not attend Brandeis attended to the intoxicated student. “We took care of him for a good hour,” said Homans, explaining that the student vomited four or five times but was unresponsive and could not consume water or bread. Amelia Rey ‘12, a trained emergency medical technician and a member of BEMCo who is friends with the student and lives in the suite below him, said that she was approached “because they didn’t know what to do with [him], because [he] wasn’t doing well at all.” She said that when she came into the suite, she saw the student “completely unconscious.” “In EMT training, you’re taught that when you see someone unconscious, you go through different levels of trying to establish how unconscious they are, so you can do verbal stimulation, which is just talking to someone to see if they respond--he didn’t--you can move them, like shake their hands or shake one of their limbs to see if they respond-he didn’t,” said Rey. She also added that the students in the suite were paranoid about calling the police. One student who wished to remain anonymous said that she made the call to BEMCo when those attending to the student observed that he might be vomiting blood. Katherine Pena ‘12, another student who was present in the suite that night said that “what really scared us was that he was foaming at the mouth and we thought we saw blood coming out of his mouth.” Pena said that upon receiving the call, two EMTs arrived with Officer Anthony Celona, a member of the University Police. Rey said that the officer and the EMTs made everyone besides the intoxicated student leave the room. She also said that while the BEMCo members were diligent and complied with protocol by going to the room to attend to him, “the cop was extremely aggressive.” Spiwak described the officer as aggressive as well. “As soon as the two BEMCo girls went into the room with [the intoxicated student], the officer ... became extremely hostile and verbally aggressive. He said, ‘Get the f--- out of my face” [and] ‘Get the f--- out of here,’” he said. In Celona’s incident report, a copy of which was obtained by the Justice from the Waltham Court House, Celona states that the student “began shouting and was uncooperative” with the EMTs when they began
administering treatment and that he requested medical backup but that other University Police officers were “reassigned to a University sponsored dance” and were unable to hear his request “over the loud noise of the dance.” Celona further explains in the report that he instructed the EMTs to leave and that upon his attempt to assist the student, “he swung his left hand towards me and hit me on the left side of my jaw with the back side of his hand.” Pena said that when the student came out of his room with the EMTs and Celona, she witnessed the police officer “take his hand on the back of [his] head and slam it into a corner.” Homans and the student who placed the call to BEMCo also confirmed that they had seen the officer slam the student’s head against the wall. Pena said that after this incident, the student was handcuffed and taken in the elevator outside of his suite. None of the students who spoke to the Justice said they were present in the elevator with him. According to Celona’s account in his incident report, another University Police officer, Officer Brian Cogan, arrived to assist him, and the two escorted the student into the elevator. The report states that in the elevator Celona witnessed the student shout foul language at the officers and “spit on Sgt. Cogan’s chest.” Cogan’s account of the time spent with the student in his incident report is consistent with Celona’s. Cogan’s report explains that “Ofc. Celona informed me he had to handcuff [the student] because he was attempting to assault the responding BEMCo Units.” When the student was taken outside, Homans said that he and the other student who was later arrested that evening were at the “forefront” of the crowd of students that had gathered outside in Ziv Quad and were pleading with the officers to take the first student to the hospital. He said that he witnessed that student being pushed into a police car and having his head slammed against the car. Celona’s incident report states that while he was handling the student outside, “Someone came up behind me and hit me in the back between my shoulder blades at the base of my neck.” The report goes on to say that a BEMCo representative who was onscene identified the second student, who was then placed under arrest. However, the seven students interviewed said they did not see that student hit a police officer. Eli Tarlow ‘12, who said he was standing outside with the second student arrested, said that the student was taking a video of the incident and that the police arrested him. “The cops were telling us, ‘You have to go inside, you’re not helping the situation,’ ... and [he’s] just standing there and they come up and arrest him because he was taking [a video]. He was just [saying], I’m allowed to be out here, I’m a Brandeis student,” said Tarlow. Homans added, “The only contact [he] had with a cop was when the cop handcuffed him.” Homans said that he spoke with the first student arrested the Sunday morning after his arrest and that that student had no recollection of the incidents leading up to the charges brought against him. “I called [him] immediately. It was ... 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, and he was crying hysterically,” said Homans, further saying that the student had asked him to explain what had happened to him the night before. According to Homans, the two arrested students returned to campus on Sunday Oct. 31 after being suspended last week and are attending classes again this week. When asked to confirm these matters, Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer declined to comment, citing legal restrictions and privacy matters. -Ian Cutler, Brian Fromm, Fiona Lockyer, Nashrah Rahman and Jillian Wagner contributed reporting.
as those involved in student affairs and student life to think about what our policies are.” While three students are currently serving on the ad-hoc committee, Saxe explained that the committee will seek input from the student body, possibly in the form of focus groups, individual student interviews and the creation of a website that would depend on available resources and time, for people to comment on the project depending on available resources and time. The committee is comprised of nine faculty, staff and experts in the alcohol-abuse field and three students. The committee includes Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams; Dr. Avraham Almozlino P’08 P’11, chief of neurology at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan; Prof. and Associate Dean for Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Constance Horgan, who is also the director of the Institute for Behavioral Health and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Academic Advisor Brian Koslowski; Prof. Margie Lachman (PSYC); Constance McCashin, a University psychological counselor; Director of the Health
Center Dr. Debra Poaster; and Dawn Skop, the Health Center’s alcohol and drug counselor will serve on the committee in addition to Seth Merker ’11, the director and clinical supervisor of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps; Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Scott Motyka, and Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Heddy Ben-Atar ’11. Senior Vice President for Communications and External Affairs Andrew Gully explained in an interview with the Justice that the Student Union had been thinking about how it could help to promote alcohol-abuse awareness programs on campus, and that Reinharz had also spoken to multiple students about alcoholabuse awareness programs on campus. “I think this is a decision on [Reinharz’s] part to deal proactively with a problem,” Saxe said. According to Saxe, who studied substance abuse through the Heller School during the ’90s, the committee will begin to meet immediately, and one of its first goals will be to examine the “best practices” of other universities concerning drug and alcohol abuse prevention. “This is a problem that affects
every college and university,” Saxe said. “A lot of the focus right now is on culture and environment and what you can do to prevent problems rather than to simply treat them.” According to collegedrinkingprevention.com, a website designed to help prevent alcohol-abuse referenced by Saxe in an e-mail to the Justice, some of the “best practices” include “offering brief motivational enhancement interventions” in which students are provided feedback about their drinking habits and encouraged to formulate plans to develop safer habits, and “adopting campus-based policies and practices that appear to be capable of reducing high-risk alcohol use” as well as creating “a campus and community coalition” to implement chosen strategies. “We’re also fortunate that we have at the Heller School through the Institute for Behavioral Health … a whole group of people where this [alcohol-abuse prevention] is what they do,” Saxe explained. According to the e-mail from Reinharz, “The committee will be assisted by staff members and doctoral students from the Heller School’s Institute for Behavioral Health who are part of the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism pre-doctoral training program.”
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Indian festivies Students immersed themselves in Indian culture at Garba, an Indian form of dance. Garba took place last Saturday in the Levin Ballroom and provided students with a chance to sample Indian food in addition to experiencing Indian dance.
SORENSEN: Kennedy aide dies CONTINUED FROM 1 In an interview with the Justice, Director of the Ethics Center, Dan Terris said that his death of Sorensen will not affect the Sorensen fellowship, as it is an ongoing program of the center. “His death will only affect [the fellowship] as he is no longer living to meet with the fellowship as he has in the past,” said Terris. Sorensen came to speak at Brandeis many times. Most recently, he spoke in 2009 in a talk about presidential inaugural addresses prior to United States President Barack Obama’s inaugural address in January 2009. In 2008 he spoke at Brandeis after the publication of his autobiography, Counselor: A Life at
the Edge of History. After Sorensen’s death, University President Jehuda Reinharz praised Sorensen for inciting youth involvement in public service. “Sorensen inspired generations of young people to pursue their ideals and embrace public service,” said Reinharz. He continued to write that “We are grateful that during the last 10 years of his life he chose to bring his wisdom, his experience, and his passionate quest for justice to Brandeis University as chair of the advisory board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life,” In the press release, Terris referred to Sorensen as “a source
of guidance and inspiration for all of us at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. He was also a personal mentor and friend who made his mark on my life with gentle prodding and generous support.” Terris said that Sorensen will be missed by the Ethics Center and that although he stepped down as the board’s chair in 2009, he has remained an active member of the board. “We will certainly miss him for his wisdom based on his experience and for his extensive network of talented people around the world who he has help bring to the centers activities, and we will miss him personally for his warmth,” said Terris.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
VERBATIM | DAVID RUSSELL We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic.
ON THIS DAY…
In 1930, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
Brandeis hosted a folk festival throughout the 1960s By CLAIRE GOHOREL JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
FOLK FUN: Musicians such as Pete Seeger (below left), Judy Roderick (above) and Bob Dylan perform at the University.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT D. FARBER UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT
Imagine seeing Bob Dylan perform “Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance” for $2.50 or singing along to Pete Seeger and his banjo in an overcrowded Schwartz Hall. Picture yourself as a witness to the folk revival of the late 1950s and early ’60s, swaying to the signature blues holler of Reverend Gary Davis or the sounds of the New Lost City Ramblers, an old-time string band. The Brandeis Folk Festival, established in 1963, was an annual weekend of folk, blues and other traditional American “roots” music held on the Brandeis campus until at least 1967. After that, there is no mention of the festival in the Brandeis records. The festival recently made the news when a rare Bob Dylan recording was discovered at the home of Ralph J. Gleason, co-founder of Rolling Stone, according to Charles Radin director of Global Communications and Operations in the Office of Communications, in an article on BrandeisNOW. The recording was a tape of one of Dylan’s earlier performances—an acoustic set performed at Brandeis at the first annual Brandeis Folk Festival in 1963. The festival was in keeping with the spirit of the times, when folk music was flourishing. In the Vietnam War era, “folk music was where the songs of conscience were surfacing,” recalls Arthur Levy ’69, a former manager of Cholmondeley’s. “Folk music has always had a big part to play in [social protest],” he adds. It is clear that the student staff of Chum’s greatly contributed to the founding of the Brandeis Folk Festival. “The Folk Fest was certainly an outgrowth from the folk music activity that was going on at Cholmondoley’s. … [It] was a hotbed of folk music activity all through the ’60s,” says Levy. He remembers a time when he could book a folk act for $75 or $125 on a Saturday night, stressing the significance of Chum’s as a meeting place for students—“It was the place to be.” Howard Barkan ’67 and Greg Prestopino ’69 both helped book acts at Chum’s during their undergraduate years. Prestopino was especially active in the Brandeis music community, performing in a band called The Essential Noise. The staff at Chum’s and the radio-show hosts at WBRS played a part in defining the music scene at Brandeis and the surrounding Boston suburbs. They also helped dictate the music acts for the Brandeis Folk Fest. Levy and Geoff Belinfante ’69, who worked for WBRS along with Norman Winer ’69, the host of “Out of the Norm,” played progressive rock music over the airwaves and, according to Belinfante, Winer’s late-night program was aired across the suburbs. The staff at Chum’s and WBRS informed Boston-based music manager Manny Greenhill of Folklore Productions of what acts they liked. “At that time, I was really into hillbilly country music, very old-timey,” remembers Barkan. Greenhill then booked acts like the Charles River Valley Boys, Pete Seeger and the Silver Leaf Gospel singers for the first annual Brandeis Folk Festival. Perhaps one of the most significant performances occurred at that first Festival, when a 21-year-old Bob Dylan hit the stage. He was described as “one of the new and most exciting blues performers” in an Apr. 30, 1963 issue of the Justice. According to the Justice, the rest of that night’s lineup included Jean Redpath, a Scottish balladeer; the Lilly Brothers, from Boston’s hillbilly Ranch;
and the Silver Leaf Gospel singers among other country, blues and old-time folk acts. The Brandeis Folk Festival was small, but nevertheless, Brandeis managed to host some “top-notch, topquality folk artists at the time,” remembers a former festival organizer, Mitchell Kertzmann, who attended Brandeis from 1966 to 1968. “It was an incredible thing to be part of,” recalls Levy. He remembers the wide array of music at the Brandeis Folk Fest; “big acts, local acts, white Appalachian acts like Jean Redpath and Roscoe Holcomb, as well as Delta country bluesmen like Mance Lipscome and Son House.” The Brandeis Folk Festival also included square dancing and music workshops. The mission of the Festival was to “enable students not only to observe talent, but to share in the artists’ creativity as well,” according to an article published in an Oct. 3, 1967 issue of the Justice. Performers like Bob Siggins of the Charles River Valley Boys conducted guitar and banjo workshops in spaces across campus, according to the 1963 issue of the Justice. At the third annual Folk Festival in 1965, there was a banjo contest in the Olin-Sang Auditorium. The winner received a Vega brand banjo and the opportunity to play in the Saturday closing performance with blues performers like Judy Roderich and 69-yearold Mance Lipscome, as reported by the Justice on Apr. 13, 1965. Concerts were widely attended by the student body. Howard Barkan’s younger brother, Jon Barkan ’71, recalls the festival in 1967. “I remember what it was like to sit in the gym, and everybody went to these concerts. We just loved the Chambers Brothers,” says Jon Barkan. Kertzmann considers the Summer of Love (the summer of 1967) as a turning point for music. The media began to acknowledge the countercultural “hippy” movement. Kertzman remembers it as “a very interesting transition from the folk era into the psychedelic era of underground rock. … It was a fascinating time in every dimension.” In fact, at the last reported Folk Festival in 1967, the Chambers Brothers sang their normal “mixture of Gospel, rock, rhythm and blues,” but concluded with “a twenty minute venture into psychedelic rock called ‘Time Has Come Today,’” as reported in an Oct. 25, 1968 issue of the Justice. The relevance of folk music began to wane in the late 1960s, perhaps explaining the apparent discontinuance of the festival after 1967. “Folk music was the journalism of the time. … the communication of [protest songs and poetry] was as vital as any newspaper,” Levy says. “But by ’69 and ’70, it all changed; the end of the war in Vietnam was in sight.” The festival faded from sight. “I don’t remember it ending, but I don’t remember it continuing, let’s just say that,” adds Levy. An attempt was made to host the Boston Folk Festival on the Brandeis campus in 1988, the Boston Globe reported on May 18, 1987. However, the Folk Arts Network was unable to raise the $300,000 necessary for the project. In an Aug. 17, 1987 issue of the Globe, FAN founder Stephen Baird explained, “The support simply wasn’t there.” The story isn’t so bleak. The spirit of the Brandeis Folk Festival was revived at last year’s Leonard Bernstein’s Festival of the Creative Arts with the reintroduction of a folk stage at Slosberg Music Center. The folk stage hosted up-and-coming singers such as Sarah Jarosz, a 2010 Grammy nominee, and Liz Longley, an International Acoustic Music Awards winner.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLOTTE OSWALD
PUMPKIN PATCH: Ayal Weiner-Kaplow ’11, Emilie Schuler ’11, Rose Pazdral ’12 and Audrey Lamb ’12 show off their pumpkin souvenirs after a hard Monday working on Lands Sake Farm as part of their coursework.
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LEAF IDENTIFICATION: Prof. Dan Perlman (BIOL) teaches students about identifying different plant species.
By GABI SANTORO JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
For most Brandeis students, studies take place in the confines of the classroom. But for one group of Brandeisians, learning reaches beyond the campus’ boundaries into forests, farms and other areas throughout New England. One week they are traveling to Vermont through the beautiful fall foliage to observe different farms, and the next they are exploring a forest that has been preserved from being cut down. Diverting their attention from the usual PowerPoints and chalkboards, participants the in Environmental Field Semester pursue their academic interests in environmental studies by spending fall semester studying ecology concretely, out in the field. The EFS is a part of the fall Justice Brandeis Semester, which is an academic program that allows students to fully immerse themselves in their study of interest for a semester. Students must apply to the EFS and are accepted based on how qualified they are and how well their academic pursuits fit the program. Through EFS, students use the New England landscape as the grounds through which they can study its history, ecology and stewardship. This program began in fall 2007, was offered again in the following year in fall 2008 and is now returning in this current Fall semester. It is being taught by Profs. Dan Perlman (BIOL) and Brian Donahue (AMST). “The hallmark of the program is that it’s very interdisciplinary,” Perlman explains. “We cover a huge range of topics, from learning how to identify trees to understanding thousands of years of ecological and human land use ... to the latest in computer-generated mapping or Geographic Information System, along with a lot of other topics as well” he says. EFS offers 20 credits allotted between four different courses that meld together to create a holistic environmental learning experience. All of the participants are required to take all of the four courses to receive their semester’s worth of credits. The first, “Field Biology,” focuses on studying ecology and involves learning about different plant species and how to identify them.
The second, “Boston and Its Suburbs: Environment and History,” observes the evolution of the landscape of Boston, Waltham and neighboring suburbs from the Ice Age to current times. The third, “Food and Farming,” combines with “Boston and Its Suburbs” to address how farming and diet in America have become what they are today. The fourth is “GIS and Field Methods;” GIS is a form of technology that combines cartography, statistical analysis and database technology to present mapping data. The class itself focuses on mapping, learning how to create maps and expressing what is important to look for in the field. “We try to link all of that to careful observation in the natural world in different ways, and they learn to present this through the GIS. We want them to be able to analyze and present data effectively to be able to present the big picture graphically through maps as well as through photographs,” Perlman says. EFS student Ben Rifkin ’12, an Environmental Studies and International and Global Studies double major, expands on the nature of these courses by explaining, “While they are separate, they feel like they are a part of one class.” One major element of the EFS program is a group research project that students complete over the course of the semester. Rifkin and five other students, whose project focuses on ecological inventory, go out into the forest and document 13 different plots. They must identify every tree and shrub within each 20-by25-meter plot. “We use the data to document the composition of the forest and can use this information as a basis for future studies,” Rifkin says. Additionally, he explains that this study is very long-term and can be used to observe the effects of climate change and invasive species and to compare these impacts. This study not only reveals information to him and his group but also to those interested in learning more in the future about the changes in these plots of forest. “For example, we see if there are certain species in the plots, maybe a plot dominated by oaks, and if the climate warms up, we may ob-
Students learn hands-on in the Environmental Field Semester serve in the future the invasion of more warm climate species,” Rifkin continues. These projects in which students are engaging are significant in that they provide assistance to actual studies being conducted. Perlman shares that “Ben’s team’s work is the beginning point of a very long-term study. Having this data set will be incredibly valuable 10, 20, 30 years from now when people want to look back and see what has changed. This is especially important as the baseline data for much longer term projects in climate change and how we manage forests.” “Our hope is that that is very important to them,” he continues. “We’ve found that the more genuine you can make the work, the more it means to students, and they invest themselves in it heavily. This has much more impact, and it’s just a great way to do things.” Another large component of the experience is actually farming. Each Monday, the group takes a trip to the Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, Mass., about a 10-minute drive from Brandeis. The constructed relationship between Land’s Sake Farm and the EFS program lies in Donahue’s role as a co-founder of the farm. Beyond the students of EFS, this farm provides a resource for all those interested in learning about the benefits of local farming. There, the group spends the day getting direct education in sustainable farming practices by farming. “One week we harvested tomatoes and were able to take them home,” Rifkin says. The students make meals at the farm and have a chance to discuss their experience with farming that day. One of the many learning opportunities that this program entails is the field trips around New England. Two of the longer trips were 3 days in Western Massachusetts and 5 days in northern Vermont. These trips expand on what the students learn about within the suburbs of Boston. “What we wanted to do was expose the students to the same kinds of issues across a broader region,” Perlman says. On these trips, they visited old-growth forests, which Perlman describes as “a forest that was never completely cut. So, typically, you’ve got trees in this area that are going to be 200 to 400 years old.” Students are able to learn a
lot, as there are no old-growth forests in the Boston area. EFS student Meda Kisivuli ’12, an Environmental Studies and Health: Science, Society and Policy double major, shares that “it’s really important for us to go out into the field; it shows us what old growth really is instead of just reading about it.” The students also observed different types of farming practices when they visited two types of farms in Vermont. The first, built by the Vanderbilt inheritance, is “a very interesting, very educational, large-scale sustainable dairy and vegetable farm,” Perlman says. On the other hand, the small farm that they visited was “more raggedy and worn down, and it was clear that the farmers worked extremely hard,” Rifkin says. Kisivuli notes that visiting the two farms was an educational highlight for her. “Since the smaller farm was for-profit and the larger was nonprofit, visiting these two farms showed me the differences in the operations of for-profit and nonprofit farms. I was able to see the different challenges that each type of farm faces.” The many trips that the students take with the professors allow them to attain as much knowledge as possible. Rifkin says that “Because we spend so much time together, you get to know professors at a level that isn’t common here with other classes. There’s a lot of mutual respect in this program. Even with the professors’ extensive knowledge of this subject, we feel comfortable having a debate with them.” Students also value the EFS program for its special opportunity to concretely grasp environmental studies. “Seeing environmental studies firsthand is a totally different experience. Going out opens your eyes to, and makes you realize that there’s a lot more to what’s out there,” Rifkin notes. And while the program requires a lot of time and effort from both the students and the professors, Kisivuli sees that it is worthwhile. “This type of learning has required a lot of work, but I think that it’s much better to be out there, experiencing it, than just sitting in the classroom.”
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
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Brian Fromm, Editor in Chief Rebecca Blady, Managing Editor Brian N. Blumenthal, Production Editor Ian Cutler, Rebecca Klein, Nashrah Rahman and Jillian Wagner, Associate Editors Alana Abramson, News Editor Tess Raser, Features Editor Hillel Buechler, Forum Editor Josh Asen, Sports Editor Bryan Flatt, Arts Editor Asher Krell and Robyn Spector, Photography Editors Debra Friedmann, Layout Editor Emily Kraus, Copy Editor Cody Yudkoff, Advertising Editor
Senate erred with Turkey shuttles At Sunday night’s Student Union Senate meeting, the Senate approved the funding for this year’s Thanksgiving shuttle buses, which had been first presented by the Senate’s Services Committee at the Oct. 24 meeting. However, the plan for this year’s shuttles was put together without regard for the constitutional requirements for this Union service—ultimately forcing the passage of a hasty amendment to the Union Bylaws. Its formulation reveals to this editorial board an uninformed and irresponsible process on behalf of the Services Committee, which is responsible for planning the shuttles, along with coordinating the Midnight Buffet and ’DeisBikes and the Senate at large. We expect the Senate and its committees to act with more forethought, especially concerning issues such as shuttle buses that directly affect students. This year’s service is markedly different from the services offered in recent years, most notably because of the absence of any stops on Long Island or any return shuttles at all. We understand that it is in the Services Committee’s interest to rethink each year how it wishes to propose the shuttle service. Yet we cannot help but think that the outcome of this year’s proposal reflects a committee—and a Senate—exhibiting a lack of preparedness concerning this issue. During the Oct. 24 Senate meeting, senators were debating numerous new methods of dealing with the Thanksgiving shuttle buses. However, such debate should have occurred within the Services Committee. Major details, including the potential pricing of tickets and especially the locations and times of the shuttles, should have been worked out by the committee prior to its presentation to the Senate. The shuttle buses are important to a large portion of the student population here, as many students at this university live outside the Boston area. Due to past years’ precedents,
Process was unsuitable many students rely on the shuttles for transportation to, and sometimes from, wherever they travel for the Thanksgiving break. The Union should have dealt with this issue more carefully. Furthermore, while debating the shuttle service, it became clear that until Senator for the Class of 2011 Michael Newborn pointed out otherwise, the Services Committee was unaware of a bylaw that mandated the committee to provide service to “Logan Airport, New York City, and Long Island preceding Thanksgiving Break and Spring/Passover Recess.” From the beginning of the discussion it was presumed that there would be no service to Long Island, and at length, the senators discussed whether they would even have service to New York this year. This discussion was later rationalized by the hasty proposal and subsequent amendment to the Union Bylaws allowing for the Services Committee to provide service “including but not limited to Logan Airport and New York City, preceding Thanksgiving Break.” Overall, we are disappointed that rather than cautiously examining the merits of changing the bylaws, the Senate chose to amend them simply to justify what it was already doing. The Senate is charged with many tasks. The constitution and its bylaws exist to guide the Senate, and the Union at large, as how to best carry out those tasks. At the Oct. 24 Senate meeting, it was apparent that many senators see the Senate’s focus as assisting in the implementation and funding of student-run events. However, the Senate must not forget that services such as the vacation shuttles also play a major role in the students’ lives. If there are issues with the pre-vacation shuttles, the Senate should spend adequate time to properly address them. Last-minute amendments and decisions are simply inappropriate.
Open-house changes are helpful This semester, the Office of Admissions invited prospective students to experience Brandeis during three Fall Preview Days instead of holding a Fall Open House, as has been the practice in previous years. This page would like to commend the Office of Admissions for introducing students to the University in a way that minimizes disruptions to campus life while providing a more intimate experience for visitors. In the past, the Fall Open House was held on Columbus Day, when many high school students were not required to be in school but when Brandeis typically held classes. This meant that a large number of prospective students descended on the University at once, which was chaotic for those who live and work on campus every day. The Fall Preview Days, scheduled for three Sundays throughout the fall semester, ensure that the additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic do not conflict with activities that take place during the week. By breaking the large Open House up into three Fall Preview Day programs, the Office of Admissions is also able to provide more personal attention to each visiting family. Not only does this change reflect positively upon the Uni-
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Previews benefit all involved versity as a whole, but it also gives prospective students a better idea of what the Brandeis experience can be like for them, should they attend. While we applaud the Office of Admissions’ efforts to improve students’ first impressions of Brandeis, one unfortunate consequence of the switch to three Fall Preview Days is that those visiting campus for the first time may not receive the most accurate impression of student life if they only visit on a Sunday afternoon. One positive aspect of the Fall Open House was that it afforded visitors the opportunity to attend classes, speak with students and see the energy present on campus during the week. Holding one of the Fall Preview Days on a weekday would perhaps be a way to combine the best parts of the Open House with the added benefits of the smaller programs. Overall, this board applauds the changes that the Office of Admissions has made to reach out to prospective students this semester—they have improved upon the existing system and will better the visiting experience for everyone involved.
Clarifying our coverage
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F FROMM LETTER FROM LE THE EDITOR TH In last Tuesday’s issue, we published a front-page story (“Pachanga night yields arrests, medical crises”) detailing the chaotic night of Saturday, Oct. 23. This article has generated a great deal of feedback. In particular, one of the events this article addressed involved the arrests of two students in Ziv Quad. The students were charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting police officers. One was also charged with resisting arrest. In the week since we published that article, the Justice has received a deluge of questions: Why did we mention this incident at all? Why did we publish these two students’ names? And why did we portray the students the way we did by presenting only the Department of Public Safety’s account of what happened and not the accounts we later heard from student eyewitnesses? I would like to address these questions to offer some insight into why we chose to write this article the way we did as well as into how we at the Justice view our role as the independent student newspaper of this university. I say “we” because no reporter writes and publishes a Justice article unilaterally; all articles are edited for content by a minimum of two editors, and I personally read every word of every article before the newspaper goes to print. We at the Justice believe that one of a newspaper’s primary duties is to keep its readership informed of important campus news, and an on-campus arrest is no exception. I believe that it was not our prerogative but our obligation to you as our readers to report on these arrests to the best of our ability. There is no question that we acted completely within legal and journalistic standards by printing the arrested students’ names. Names of arrested individuals are part of the public record and are made available to the public by law enforcement agencies. And on a less journalistically pertinent note, had we not printed the names, the public still would have been able to find them through the Waltham Police Department or with any detailed criminal background check. Nonetheless, the editors of this newspaper did not take the decision to print the names of the arrested students lightly. However, we concluded that the names of the students were an important aspect of the story. The students themselves were an integral part of the story, and to avoid printing the names would be to withhold crucial information from our readers. Some readers have asked why we excluded the names of the police officers involved. In this story, the students acted as individuals and official charges were brought against them as individuals. In contrast, the Brandeis police officers that night operated as a department, and to date, no specific charges have been leveled against any single officer for his or her conduct. Those facts in conjunction with the totality of information we as a newspaper had on record at press time led us to print the story that we printed. As for the issue of the perceived one-sidedness of this article: Yes, we did only publish the police account of that night’s events. But we did so because both the student eyewitnesses whom we contacted and the arrested students themselves were either not available to comment or were available but elected not to comment. The Justice always strives to write articles in as balanced a fashion as possible, but we will never print unverified information. If a person or group does not give us its side of the story on the record, we cannot print it. However, in the past week, a number of students who witnessed the arrests and the events surrounding them stepped forward for interviews, and in the interest of balancing the article and including all relevant parties’ accounts, we have published another article on this story in this issue. As I mentioned earlier, we take significant care to attribute all information that is not common knowledge to the source from which we acquired that information; this is true for all of our content, from articles to photos. In last week’s article, we never claim to know the facts of what happened that night: We provide attributed information based on interviews and public record. Our job is to get at the truth, and we did our best to do so. We had access to a limited amount of information, and to the best of our knowledge, that was the story. In our follow-up article, we include new information that has surfaced since. Our news articles do not make judgments about the stories they cover. We do not decide who is innocent or guilty. Put another way, we do not attempt to convict anyone by reporting on arrests; likewise, we do not attempt to protect anyone, especially by withholding names. I hope this clears up some questions that have been raised in the past week. We appreciate feedback on articles, both positive and negative. We always strive to improve our coverage in order to best serve the Brandeis community.
“Folk music was the journalism of the time. ... The communication of [protest songs and poetry] was as vital as any newspaper.’” —Arthur Levy ’69, a former manager of Cholmondeley’s on the relevance of folk music in the 1960s on campus (See Features, page 7).
Brandeis Talks Back What did you think of President Reinharz’s e-mail concerning Pachanga night?
JUSTINE ZAYHOWSKI ’13 “I didn’t read it.”
JON LOPEZ ’11 “I think it was the right thing to do. At the time, a lot of students were concerned about what happened.”
ANGELA PISONI ’12
“It made me feel really embarrassed as an adult that the president had to send out an e-mail like that shaming us.”
BILAL MAHMOOD ’12
“I thought it was appropriate because the party got a little bit excessive.” —Compiled by Rebecca Klein Photos by Tali Smookler/ the Justice
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READER COMMENTARY Newspaper acted inappropriately In response to your article “Pachanga night yields arrests, medical crises” (News, Oct. 26): It is completely inappropriate for a student publication to be doing this to other students. The Justice is a paper with integrity, not a gossip magazine. —Sara Miller ’11
Officers abused power In response to your article “Pachanga night yields arrests, medical crises” (News, Oct. 26): Students called the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps so that their friend could get taken to the hospital because they feared for his life. The fact that he was never even given a blood alchol test or seen by professional medical staff is a gross neglect of the student’s well being. The whole situation would have read a lot different had he died due to alcohol poisoning in jail. The police arresting the student and throwing him into jail is an abuse of their power. He should have been seen by the EMTs who were on their way. How dare they tell an EMT to cancel medical help en route. I am outraged that the BEMCo EMT did so. The actions of the police could have very well killed the intoxicated student. Instead the police chose to throw him into a cell. The beginning of the article states, “The Department of Public Safety responded to several incidents of disruptive student behavior that resulted in two student arrests and the hospitalization of multiple intoxicated students on the night of last Saturday’s Pachanga dance, Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan said in an interview with the Justice.” Why was this drunk individual never taken to the hospital even though there were many other hospitalizations on the very same night? The officers who arrested him did receive medical treatment. This would be repugnant in the eyes of Louis Brandeis. Also, the students who were arrested that night are being treated as guilty individuals by the University. They have been prohibited from being on campus, prohibited from attending their classes and forced to live elsewhere (instead of their on-campus dorms) while the University decides whether or not it will pursue judicial proceedings against them. Why has the University removed them from campus and not allowed them to go to the classes they pay so much for in the interim? This is not treating them as innocent until proven guilty, which is the fundamental basis for our judicial system. —Elizabeth Agnew Austin, Texas
Pachanga should be canceled In response to your article “Pachanga event is inconsistent with our character” (Forum, Oct. 26): I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Cooper. It is an embarrassment to the University that an event which consistently yields multiple arrests and hospital runs should be permitted to take place each semester. We came to Brandeis to receive a top-notch education, not to make fools of ourselves. Mr. Cooper has made a point in saying that he does not advocate canceling Pachanga. But quite frankly, that is exactly what should be done. In the current economic climate, the International Club could make better use of its money. We are a liberal arts university, not a red-light district. Students here should be ashamed of themselves. —Daniel Kasdan ’13
Substantiate cage-free arguments In response to your article “Don’t hastily support cage-free initiative” (Forum, Oct. 26): I respect and appreciate those who take the time to consider the cage-free egg proposal rather than blindly following a cause that appears to be simply “better” and “more humane.” However, I think it is important that the arguments made either for or against the proposal are based on sound logic as well as a realistic understanding of how we can make decisions that reflect the kind of community we want to be. First, the issue of the poll. Like any campus election or survey, the Student Union poll was open to the entire student body. That only 28 percent of students chose to respond (which was as easy as following the link sent to their inboxes or advertised on Facebook) is an issue of individual choice; it does not invalidate
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the poll itself. Similarly, turnouts to local elections in our hometowns (which tend to be embarrassingly low) or even to presidential elections (remember Clinton in 1996?) do not lead us to question the legitimacy of the election itself. We accept the results, knowing they could’ve looked a bit different, and can only do our best to encourage greater voter turnout the next time around. In terms of cost, food at Brandeis is indeed expensive. Unfortunately, many of the healthiest choices are also the priciest—the result of a flawed national agricultural system. While a switch to cage-free eggs would raise the cost of meal plans by $5, as the column states, a greater portion of each person’s meal plan would be devoted to eggs. Point taken. But let’s be honest: how many extra bags of chips does that mean we can no longer shove onto a meal? How many spare points at the end of the semester does that mean we’ve lost? A second Student Union poll shows that over two-thirds of students would pay $20 more for their meal plans each semester. Clearly, students are willing to make the financial commitment to adopt a cage-free policy. Finally, I agree that “cage-free” is not to be equated with “humane.” Indeed, many of the labels we put on our food are insufficient in truly qualifying the morality and sustainability of a product and the process by which it came to be, but to reject change because it falls short of perfection disqualifies change from the start. The financial burden of buying the most ethically raised meat, dairy and eggs, is tremendous compared to the cost of simply adopting a cage-free policy. Not to mention expanding fresh food options, buying locally grown produce and other local, organic ingredients. It’s too much to do at once. Going cage-free is one of many small steps that Brandeis can take toward implementing a more sustainable food system in the longrun. It’s a step that, as a campus, makes a difference without placing too much of a burden on any single group or individual. —Sarit Luban ’11
Horowitz event was disappointing In response to your article “Horowitz spoke about liberal biases” (News, Oct. 26): I am disappointed that the Justice nor the did not report on my favorite point of David Horowitz’s speech last week. Rankled that he did not receive anywhere near the attention or acclaim that some liberal speakers, Horowitz proclaimed that if Brandeis were seriously interested in divergent viewpoints, President Reinharz himself should have offered to come introduce him. This, in a nutshell, encapsulates his point: even though his polemics are neither scholarly nor well-reasoned, “academic freedom” is an affirmative action program for pseudoconservative claptrap. Which is to say, if real scholars (some of whom happen to be liberal) get a cookie, he wants one too. David Horowitz believes that there is a double standard on college campuses, but it is not between liberals and conservatives: it is between scholars and serious thinkers on the one hand and demagogues on the other. That someone like Ellen Schrecker produces scholarly work based on evidence and logical analysis and is accordingly given serious interest is only useful to him so long as it presents the opportunity to drum up self-pity without a shred of substance. For someone who claims that “tenured radicals” are destroying the university, David Horowitz spends precious little time presenting counter-claims or objections. Indeed, his book denouncing America’s “most dangerous professors” is an impressively slap-dash collection of irrelevant anecdotes, misdirection and flat-out falsehoods. I found it illuminating that, after claiming that the hard sciences are a bastion of truth, he went on to promote the long-discredited idea that race has any basis in biology. For all his bluster, Horowitz’s agenda is surprisingly simple. As he stated in his lecture, the 1950s—when women, racial minorities, and Jews were consistently excluded from higher education as students, faculty, and part of the curriculum—were a “golden age of the university.” Thankfully, the gates of academic legitimacy have long since closed on these bigoted and ignorant ideas. Perhaps, someday, the far-right donors who pay him to assault intellectual freedom will, too. —Jonathan Sussman ’11
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Choose Wolfe’s Neck burgers By MARGO KOLENDA SPECIAL TO THE JUSTICE
When it comes to eating, certain stereotypes are ingrained in our minds. Salads are healthful. Hamburgers are not. We give little thought now to the origin and actual ingredients of our food and tend to assume that a plate full of lettuce holds more nutritional value than beef. We often do not stop and think that iceberg lettuce holds nearly no nutrients, and when soaked with salad dressing, the calories and fats soon stack up. Conversely, we assume that all hamburgers are created equally unhealthy; however, the average American citizen consumes over 85 pounds of beef annually, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Given the popularity of beef that comes from unethical, unsustainable and unhealthy sources, it appears that Americans still have not discovered that they can enjoy the same delights without the negative effects or the guilt that haunts most of us after that burger is gone. Imagine beef that was healthful, humanely raised and not detrimental to our economic system or our environment. Beef from a cow raised on a pasture, not in a factory. Beef that you could feel proud to eat. This exists, and it has recently returned to our very own campus in the form of local, organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, guilt-free hamburgers. In Usdan Boulevard, a small paper sign advertises Wolfe’s Neck Burgers as a special, and special indeed they are. Some of you may remember them from last year, and hopefully you were as distraught as I was when they mysteriously became unattainable. Dining Services has restocked them, admitted that they never should have disappeared and pledged to maintain them permanently. The farm that produces Wolfe’s Neck Burgers employs sustainable farming practices and feeds its cattle a diet of 80-85 percent forage. The rest of the food consists of barley, and a rotation crop with potatoes. These cows have a minimum of 250 square feet of space throughout their lives, are pasture-raised, are never treated with hormones or antibiotics and are never fed animal products of any kind. These burgers are healthy on multiple levels: for the cows, the environment, our society and those who eat them. Try one for yourself and just see how much better it tastes, not to mention how much better you feel choosing one over the other hamburger option. One of the major problems with the beef industry today arises from the most basic element of cattle raising: the food the animals eat. Most industrial cattle operations use corn as feed, which sounds fine on the surface. Corn is natu-
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ral, it’s a vegetable; surely, it must be healthy. Unfortunately, cows are not meant to process corn, and by feeding it to the animals, serious digestion problems arise. Sickness and death of cattle have become so common because of the cows’ inability to process their food that administration of antibiotics is now standard. Once in the cow’s system, these antibiotics then enter into our own food supply. On the other hand, cows that consume grass and mature on a pasture do not need medication. Normally, the worry that beef contributes to heart disease is very real. But in reality, it is only due to the cornfeeding process. Grass-fed cows have less fat, fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates while also a higher protein content and omegs-3 fatty acids, which may actually reduce the risk of heart disease. Other health risks, such as mad cow disease and E. coli, have become frighteningly frequent both in cattle and, as a result, humans. If cows were no longer fed an unnatural diet that is often disturbingly packed with parts of their own species, such risks would be much less prevalent. The Food and Drug Administration banned the feeding of rendered cow parts back to cows just over 10 years ago, but recycling “blood products” still remains legal and widely used. Not to mention the hormones injected into these cows that cause them to go to slaughter at increasingly younger ages. (These hormones still exist as chemicals in the animals’ wastes, and the run off from feedlots can adversely affect aquatic environments and the life within). The cows themselves live in confined areas called concentrated animal feeding operations, where they are inhumanely given no space to move around and must often stand in a swamp of their own excrements. They have no room to roam and come nowhere close to depicting the stereotypical pasture image. They do not “live” as animals but merely exist as another step in the industrial meat market. From another angle, the oil used in the care for a single cow totals around 284 gallons because of the corn it consumes. That many gallons of foreign oil is enough to drive a Honda Fit, which gets over 30 miles per gallon, from New York to Orlando, Fla. over nine times. It costs a lot to raise this beef, but the farmers usually only make a marginal profit on their cattle. This hardly makes competing with the concentrated animal feeding operations industry easy for a farm that employs smart, environmentally sound, healthy, ethical methods to succeed. Take a moment to think before you order your next burger. It may be on the Dollar Menu, but how much does it really cost? Spend the extra dollar at Usdan and make the switch to a Wolfe’s Neck Burger. Editor’s note: the writer is a member of the Brandeis Real Food Coalition.
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS NEWS: Sara Ahmed, Fiona Lockyer FEATURES: Dafna Fine FORUM: Eitan Cooper SPORTS: Jeffrey Boxer ARTS: Wei-Huan Chen COPY: Marielle Temkin STAFF Senior Writers: Harry Shipps, Melissa Siegel Senior Illustrators: Rishika Assomull, A. Eli Tukachinsky News: Tyler Belanga Features: Sarah Gilson, Claire Gohorel, Rocky Reichman, Deborah Salmon Forum: Hannah Goldberg, Rebecca Kellogg, Ethan Mermelstein, Liz Posner, Leah Smith, Avi Snyder, Elizabeth Stoker Sports: Julian Cardillo, Jonathan Epstein, Jacob Lurie, Max
Goldstein, Adam Rabinowitz, Jonathan Steinberg, Arts: Taylor Baker, Aaron Berke, Eric Chow, Alex DeSilva, Julia Jerusalmi, Elly Kalfus, Morgan Manley, Amy Melser, Douglas Moore, Alex Pagan, Gloria Park, Bryan Prywes, Sujin Shin, Shelly Shore Photography: Genevieve Armstrong, Amy Bissaillon, Lydia Emmanouilidou, Nathan Feldman, Morgan Fine, Nathaniel Freedman, Hilary Heyison, Davida Judelson, Joshua Linton, Mansi Luo, Yosef Schaffel, Tali Smookler Copy: Taylor Baker, Rebecca Brooks, Jacob Chatinover, Hilary Cheney, Philip Gallagher, Ariel Glickman, Patricia Greene, Celine Hacobian, Jeff Herman, Rachel Herman, Liana Johnson, Rachel Mayo, Mailinh Phan-Nguyen, Zane Relethford, Maya Riser-Kositsky, Mara Sassoon, Dan Willey, Amanda Winn, Liat Zabludovsky Layout: Nadav Havivi, Nan Pang Illustrations: Ari Tretin Ads: Alex Fischler
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Candidates: Campaign with increased respect Liz L
POSNER P BBUT I DIGRESS
Campaign season is one of the most exciting times in a democratic society. It is a yearly reminder that all Americans are indeed active members of their government and need not passively accept the policies that sometimes seem dictated from on high. Unfortunately, the pitfalls of democracy also become blindingly clear around this time of year. There is a general dumbing-down of complex political discussion, often into sentence-long tag lines or banners that come to dominate the political climate. Nowhere is this trend more evident than on television campaign ads. As a disclaimer, I am probably already biased against televised campaign commercials because I find the very concept of them existentially confusing.
Why, in this one medium of political discourse, are politicians so honest about the fact that they are openly trying to “sell” themselves to constituents? More importantly, how could any politician believe that it only takes 30 seconds to win my vote? The intended purpose of campaign commercials cannot be to educate viewers to allow them to make informed decisions at the polls. These politicians are merely making emotional appeals to viewers by calling each other liars and hypocrites and pulling out-of-context quotes from previous speeches in order to distort one another’s opinions. Some campaign commercials go beyond this standard of general uselessness and are downright childish and offensive. A recent Massachusetts advertisement created and sponsored by Republican congressional candidate Sean Bielat took a cheap shot at his opponent, Representative Barney Frank. The bulk of the commercial is an animated clip of a cartoon body attached to an image of Frank’s head
dancing underneath an illuminated disco ball while the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG logos float past in the background. The advertisement suggests that Frank, as chair of the House Financial Services committee, is largely to blame for the current financial crisis. It achieves the impressive feat of being simultaneously uninformative and unfunny.
These politicians are ... making emotional appeals to viewers by calling each other liars and hypocrites. Depending on personal interpretation, the advertisement could be—and has been seen—as offensive to homosexuals in its mockery of gay stereotypes, as the political blog Talking Points Memo describes the ad’s depiction of the
openly gay Frank “as a hip-swerving disco queen in a rumpled suit.” Advertisements like this are an insult to voters’ intelligence. Furthermore, I find it incredible that intelligent politicians like Bielat are comfortable running such deintellectualized and crude advertising campaigns. Bielat is not a down-home politician in the breed of Sarah Palin, who capitalizes on her lack of sophistication. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and he does not seem to downplay his intelligence as many Republican candidates have in recent months. It is especially disheartening to see this kind of conduct among political figures who should know better. As I mentioned, there is also the possibility that these ads are part of a trend of “dumbing-down” political discourse on TV. At question is the extent to which television as a medium for political propaganda is
effective and appropriate, but perhaps the deceptive nature of these ads is not out of character with the rest of the political climate on TV. The educational content of nightly news programs such as the O’Reilly Factor and The Countdown with Keith Olbermann is limited to say the least, and the television shows have become little more than shouting matches between talking heads. If television had ever been a functional medium by which citizens could educate themselves about politics, it certainly no longer is today. These are not new problems, nor are they unique to this year’s election. As the national political climate becomes increasingly partisan, television becomes a battleground for immature attacks like Bielat’s, and attack ads are part of this political expression. Hopefully, the majority of Americans are educated enough to see past these attempts by politicians to manipulate and sway their votes and are capable of making informed decisions free of the influence of political slander.
Reinharz’s Pachanga e-mail was inappropriate Rebecca R
KELLOG K SSOUND AND FURY SO
One of the happiest days of my life was the day I graduated from grade school. After spending 9 years at the same small institution, I was more than ready to move on to bigger and better things. I was sick of the place, to put it mildly, and was looking forward to the greater autonomy I would receive in high school and, eventually, in the even more enticing distant land of college. Imagine, then, the combination of amusement and distaste I felt upon receiving University President Jehuda Reinharz’s post-Pachanga missive on Monday. Suddenly, I was transported back to grade school, to the days when the entire student body would be summoned to the gymnasium and the principal would put on her very best
“I’m seriously displeased” face and lecture us about some relatively minor infraction, usually for leaving too much of a mess in the cafeteria. The events which prompted Reinharz’s letter to the community were certainly more serious than bread crumbs under the table, but both the tone and the message were exactly the same. Perhaps what insulted me most about the president’s letter was that it was addressed directly to the entire community of students. That’s not to say that I think that this was an entirely nonsensical move— the improper actions of students prompted the letter. However, if everyone involved were to be perfectly frank about the situation, there could not have been any expectation that letter would have any impact upon student behavior whatsoever. Broad warnings addressed to an entire community are simply never effective. When our principal would scold us for being too messy in the cafeteria, the only kids who were ever affected were the overly guilty types who would start to cry and swear that they had never, ever left behind
a single piece of trash in the cafeteria, even accidentally. Lectures addressed to entire communities are nothing more than posturing, which are perhaps most worthy of ridicule for the simple fact that everyone involved knows that they will never be anything more than useless.
Broad warnings addressed to an entire community are simply never effective. However, while this posturing is aggravating, it is conventionally thought to be required of any respectable authority figure. Thus, I can understand and even respect Reinharz’s motivations behind sending the letter—no person placed in a position of power wishes to look disconnected from his or her community or, even worse, weak. The senior administration at any
educational institution or place of business is expected to respond when a negative event transpires in order to effectively demonstrate both care for and control over their community. The debauchery inspired by Pachanga this year was indeed far beyond the norm—at least the norm of a school such as Brandeis—and Reinharz probably felt that some members of the community would expect a response from him. However, I would venture that Reinharz, a man with much more serious responsibilities than scolding students, should not have felt pressure to send this letter. I, of course, believe that the president needs to be in touch with student life, but it is ludicrous to pretend that he does not have more important things to worry about than a handful of students acting inappropriately. If it were appropriate for any administrator to send such a letter to the student body, perhaps someone such as Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer or Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams, whose jobs are more intrinsically connected with the concerns and actions of the
students, would have been better choices to do so. Yet there is still a large part of me that believes that no administrator should address student behavior on such a wide spectrum. Certainly there needs to be rules and a sense of accountability for all of the members of a community or society. Perhaps this especially pertains to communities like Brandeis, which are both respected by outsiders and small in size —meaning that every negative action of a community member is felt. Still, we are all trying to learn how to grow into self-controlled, responsible adults here, and certainly a large part of that is maturely accepting the consequences of our actions. However, this process of growing up is hindered every time we are dragged back to grade school without direct cause. Sending a scolding letter, or even a gently cautionary letter, to thousands of students when only a few of them caused any noteworthy trouble is nothing more than an insult to our level of maturity and intelligence.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
SPORTS CROSS COUNTRY
Both Norton and Selig pace teams at UAAs ■ Paul Norton ’11 and
Grayce Selig ’11 finished in the top three in their respective races at UAAs. By JONATHAN EPSTEIN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Led by Paul Norton’s ’11 and Grayce Selig’s ’11 top-three finishes, the men’s and women’s cross country teams placed fourth and sixth, respectively, at the University Athletic Association Championship last Saturday. The race was held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. and was hosted by New York University, which had won the previous five men’s UAA championships. Washington University in St. Louis won both the men’s and women’s races. Norton paced the men’s team, placing third in his final UAA Cross Country Championships. The 8K race came down to the wire, with Norton finishing only 1.83 seconds behind WashU junior Michael Burnstein and just 1.16 seconds behind New York University junior Andrew Zitek. Norton beat out WashU senior Dave Spandofer by 0.71 seconds to grab the third spot on the podium. “It was a really close kick with the four of us, and I just don’t quite have the wheels right now for a fast kick,” Norton said. It was only Norton’s second meet of the season, as an Achilles’ tendon injury had kept him out of action until the University of Albany Invitational just 2 weeks before. Norton said that “it definitely didn’t affect my performance,” adding, “it was a big step for me from two weeks ago.” Norton’s time of 25 minutes, 42.01 seconds was still a significant improvement over his time of 26:19.80 at last year’s UAA Championships, which he came in second. “Paul is really coming along,” Coach John Evans said. “The team as
a whole did great.” Overall, the men’s team placed four runners in the top 25 at the meet. Kerwin Vega ’11 came in 15th with a time of 26:07.15. Chris Brown ’12 placed 22nd with a time of 26:20.59. Ed Colvin ’14 finished less than three seconds later, good for 24th. Dan Anastos ’11 rounded out the scoring with a 28th place finish. Colvin received Rookie of the Year honors. “[Colvin] has had a really great season” Evans said. Brandeis’ 92 points were good for fourth place overall, finishing behind WashU, NYU and third place Carnegie Mellon University. University of Rochester finished fifth with 113 points, followed by the University of Chicago with 137, Case Western Reserve University with 158 and Emory University with 256 points. The women’s squad was paced, as they have been all season, by Selig, who grabbed second place with a time of 21:30.97. Chicago senior Liz Lawton finished first with a time of 21:16.02. “I was pretty happy with the way my race went,” Selig said. “The girl from University of Chicago is a great runner, and so it was encouraging to have stayed with her as long as I did.” Selig improved her time by a full 3 minutes from last year’s UAAs, when she placed 20th. “[Selig] ran phenomenally. She’s really come along from this time last year,” Evans said. Marie Lemay ’11 finished 23rd with a time of 23:02.98. Kate Warwick ’12 placed 37th in 23:42.68. Erin Bisceglia ’12 placed 38th with a time of 23:52.46. Hannah Lindholm ’11 placed 41st in 24:00.06. Overall, Evans thought the women’s team could have performed better in the meet. “The rest of the women’s team didn’t do as well,” Evans said, adding, “We hit some bumps.” The men’s and women’s teams will next compete in the NCAA Regional Championships in two weeks, which will be held at Williams College.
MSOCCER: Squad loses both its conference road games CONTINUED FROM 16 minutes to put the game out of the Judges’ reach. Freshman forward Jeremy Kirkwood scored both for WashU, his first coming in the 48th minute. Kirkwood found space in the penalty area during a corner kick from senior midfielder Cody Costakis and powered the ball in past Bracken. 83 seconds later, Kirkwood was sprung into attack after receiving the ball from junior forward Patrick McLean. Kirkwood capitalized on the chance by shooting a ball past Bracken for his third on the season
and the third of WashU’s day. Brandeis defender Matt Hohmann ’11 picked up two yellow cards and was subsequently ejected in the 73rd minute, leaving the team down one player. “That wasn’t warranted,” Evans said. “He fouled a man and he probably deserved it, but on the second one, it was two guys going for the ball and they gave him the second yellow.” Just 2 minutes after Hohmann was sent off, the Bears grabbed their fourth goal of the match. McLean found junior midfielder Zach Hendrickson with open space,
and Hendrickson took a touch and scored his first goal of the season. This weekend’s results give Brandeis a 9-6-1 record overall and a 1-4-1 record in University Athletic Association play. It won’t get any easier for the squad as they close out the season. Their regular season finale will be away at New York University, which is currently ranked first in the UAA. “They haven’t given up a goal in UAA play,” Evans said, adding, “It’s an away game and we have to come out and win. We need come out and play better than we played this weekend.”
WSOCCER: Team earns road split CONTINUED FROM 16 The goal was Vallone’s conferenceleading 16th goal of the season and moved her to second on the singleseason scoring list at Brandeis, just one shy of the record. Vallone also moved into third on the all-time singleseason points list, and 10th all-time at Brandeis with 26 career goals. Pacheco now has nine assists on the season and 86 points in her career, fourth all-time for Brandeis. Dallamora was very happy with the win. “It’s great defeating a team like Washington,” she said. “They have been a powerhouse in the conference, winning the championship three years in a row. We played great, moving the ball well and netting quality goals.” Unlike the game versus Chicago, Vallone noted that they were able to find a rhythm this match. “I think we came out with a lot of energy; we set the tone of the game, the pace and we really outplayed them the entire game,” she said. The Judges’ week started off on the right note with a resounding 10-0 win over Lesley last Tuesday in Brandeis’ last home game of the season. It was the second-most goals for the women’s
soccer team in school history. Vallone earned her second hat trick of the season, scoring in the 11th, 26th and 83rd minutes. She also added two assists on the day, giving her 8 points in the match. Pacheco also netted herself a goal and added three assists for five points in the match. Ellie Einhorn ’11 scored her second goal of the season in the 70th minute and defender Taryn Martiniello ’11 added two goals in a span of 32 seconds late in the second half. Midfielder/forward Madeline Stein ’14 also netted two goals for the Judges, and midfielder Mimi Theodore ’12 scored a goal and had two assists. The Judges will travel Saturday to face New York University at 11 a.m. in their final game of the season. “This game is very important,” Dallamora said. “If we beat NYU, we should get into the NCAA Championships.” Vallone knows how important the game is and says that the team will give it their all. “It’s our last scheduled game, and I know we will be leaving everything on the field,” she said. —Max Goldstein contributed reporting.
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STUFFED: Lauren Berens ’13 and Becca Fischer ’13 go up for the block during the team’s 3-1 win over Clarkson University.
VBALL: Judges win finale after dropping two more home matches CONTINUED FROM 16 quickly falling in the first set. The second set was closer, but a 4-1 run sealed the deal for Brandeis and tied the match at 1-1 apiece. The third and fourth sets were both equally close, with the two teams each making a run at the end to win a set. Abby Blasco had another impres-
sive outing, totaling seven kills, 31 assists and 11 digs, while Paige Blasco notched 17 kills and 10 digs. Smith totaled nine kills, while Sun contributed an additional 11 digs. Now finished with their home schedule for the season, the Judges will travel to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland this weekend for the UAA Championships. Kim believes that the key to suc-
ceeding in this tournament is to “establish our [the team’s] consistency. With adjusted lineups, it’s hard to find rhythm. Once we solve that, we have a great shot at this weekend’s tournament.” On Friday, the Judges face off against New York University and Washington University in St. Louis. On Saturday, Brandeis will take on Carnegie Mellon University.
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“I haven’t gotten into the mindset that this is it, that I’m done.” Despite the team’s 1-6 record in the UAA Smith expects the entire team to play hard in the tournament next weekend.
I want [the underclassmen] to play hard, at least for the seniors,” Smith said. “Leave it all on the field. Play with no regrets.” —Sam Liang
goals this week for forward Sofia Vallone ’11, including her second hat trick of the season in the team’s 10-0 win over Lesley University last Tuesday.
Not including Monday’s games UAA Conference W L T New York 3 0 3 Emory 3 1 2 Washington 3 1 2 Case 3 3 0 Rochester 2 2 2 Chicago 2 3 1 JUDGES 1 4 1 Carnegie 1 4 1
Overall W L T 10 2 4 14 1 2 13 1 4 10 5 3 9 2 5 8 7 1 9 6 1 10 4 1
Not including Monday’s games
Pct. .750 .882 .833 .639 .719 .531 .594 .700
UAA Conference W L T Chicago 5 1 0 Emory 3 1 2 Washington 3 1 2 JUDGES 3 3 0 Rochester 2 2 2 Carnegie 2 4 0 New York 2 4 0 Case 1 5 0
Overall W L T 11 4 2 13 1 3 10 6 2 13 4 1 10 4 3 8 7 0 7 9 2 9 7 1
Pct. .706 .853 .611 .750 .676 .533 .444 .559
18 10 9 4
-spot improvement for Grayce Selig ’11 since last year at UAA Cross Country Championships. She finished second last weekend.
shots taken by the men’s soccer team in its 1-0 loss to the University of Chicago last Sunday. Not one of the 10 shots taken by the Judges was on target.
-game losing streak for the volleyball team, which was ended with the squad’s 3-1 win over Clarkson University in the Judges Classic last weekend.
men’s cross country runners that placed in the top 25 at the UAA Cross Country Championships last weekend.
Bruins take down Maple Leafs and move to 6-2 on the season
■ The senior middle blocker helped lead the volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Clarkson University in the Class of 2011’s final home game in the Judges Classic.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
BOSTON BRUINS BEAT
Nicole Smith ’11
Since her first year on the volleyball team in 2007, middle blocker Nicole Smith ’11 has been a consistent force in the middle of the court for the Judges. This past weekend in the Judges Classic, she did so for the last time at home, leading Brandeis with 13 kills, 5.5 blocks and two aces in the squad’s 3-1 victory over Clarkson University. Despite her performance, Smith felt she had room to improve. “Really, I didn’t think I did that well. My blocking could have been a lot better,” Smith said. Smith has been a crucial member of the volleyball team this season. At the Hall of Fame Invitational last weekend, she was named to the All-Tournament team for her performance. On the season, she has more solo blocks than the rest of the team combined and is second on the team with 272 kills. Looking back, Smith said that her career has been competitive but very enjoyable. “You have to expect competition. It was great playing against top schools like Washington [University in St. Louis] and Emory [University]. I had to play and work really hard. Overall, it was a great experience,” she said, adding that “It was just fun. It was something I truly enjoyed.” On Friday and Saturday, Smith will play in the University Athletic Association Championships at Case Western Reserve University in her last tournament for Brandeis. “It hasn’t really hit me yet,” she said.
Midfielder Luke Teece ’12 leads the team with 20 points this season.
Forward Sofia Vallone ’11 leads the team with 36 points this year.
Player Luke Teece Alexander Farr Joe Eisenbies Lee Russo Nick George
Player Sofia Vallone Tiffany Pacheco Mimi Theodore Alanna Torre Two tied with...
Points 20 15 14 13 9
Points 36 25 19 8 7
Outside hitter Paige Blasco ’11 leads the team with 380 kills.
Defensive specialist Susan Sun ’13 leads the team with 365 digs.
Player Paige Blasco Nicole Smith Si-Si Hensley Lauren Berens Abby Blasco
Player Susan Sun Paige Blasco Abby Blasco Si-Si Hensley Yael Einhorn
Points 380 272 182 133 105
Points 365 313 299 239 238
UPCOMING GAME OF THE WEEK Women’s soccer at New York University The Judges will play against the Violets in New York this Saturday at 11 a.m. The women’s soccer team will close out its season this weekend against the New York University Violets on Saturday at 11 a.m. Last season on Gordon Field, the Judges defeated the Violets 1-0. Mimi Theodore ’12 headed in the game winner off a cross into the box by forward Me-
lissa Gorenkoff ’10. This season, NYU is 7-9-2 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play. The Violets are currently on a two-game losing streak. “This game is very important,” coach Denise Dallamora said. “If we beat NYU, we should get into the NCAA Championships.”
For the 2010 to 2011 season, justSports has been given a press pass to attend Boston Bruins home games. We will cover these games periodically throughout the year. Playing in front of several Boston Bruins old timers Thursday night, the Bruins’ youngest player was the one who put on a show. Eighteen-year-old rookie center Tyler Seguin scored his first career goal at home, helping lead the Bruins to a 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that traded the Bruins the draft pick that they used to select Seguin in a trade for center Phil Kessel. It was a difficult outing for Kessel, who was booed for much of the game. Typically a strong player in highpressure situations, Kessel is now 0-4 against Boston since the trade. “I could care less, doesn’t matter to me one bit,” Kessel said, shrugging his shoulders and scrunching up his face. “I just couldn’t bury my chances. What can you do?” The game got off to a quick start, with Bruins defender Mark Stuart picking up the first penalty of the game just 1 minute, 3 seconds into the game. Kessel had a great opportunity to score, but Bruins goalkeeper Tim Thomas slid across the face of the net to make the stop. The teams battled back and forth for the rest of the first period, with Thomas and Toronto goalkeeper Jonas Gustavsson making save after save. Thomas, who had 20 saves on the night, stayed locked in until he heard the final siren. “Of course there is some pressure, but you stay in your zone and don’t focus on the clock.” Thomas said. “I keep my head in the game and try to keep making the saves until I hear the final buzzer.” With just seconds left in the period, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron took a blue-line pass from defender Zdeno Chara and one-timed it home for a goal. The power-play goal was Bergeron’s first goal of the season and the 100th of his career. “Those kind of little things mean a lot in the game,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.“That goal was huge for us. At least we came in with a one-goal cushion, and it gave us some confidence heading out there in the second period.” The Bruins took advantage of that confidence, outplaying the Maple Leafs for most of the second period. They outshot Toronto 10-4 and spent most of the period in Toronto’s zone. Seguin scored his first goal at home at the 12:26 mark in the period. Seguin took a cross-ice pass from defender Dennis Seidenberg and shot the puck to the right of Gustavsson’s stick. To add insult to injury, the stadium erupted into chants of “Thank you, Kessel,” mocking the Toronto center. “That’s what our fans are all about,” Julien said. “They’re great fans; they support the people that are here, and they taunt the people that were here and are gone. So to me, those are perfect fans.” Seguin agreed, adding, “It just shows what supportive fans we have in Boston, and it was pretty funny to a lot of us.” For Seguin, the highlight of the night may have came after the game ended. Julien announced in his postgame press conference that “Peter [Chiarelli] asked me to advise [Tyler] Seguin; he will be staying with us. … I was just told before coming in here that he’s here to stay this year.” For Thomas, it was his fifth straight win to open the season. For the year, the Bruins’ only two losses have come with Tuukka Rask in the net. It was also Thomas’ second shutout of the season. Despite his impressive play, Thomas gave much due credit to his solid defense. “I feel obviously that I’m playing good,” he said. “The team is playing very well in front of me. They’re really helping me out with rebounds, screens, blocking in the screens. I mean, [Dennis] Seidenberg had as many saves as I did tonight, and that’s making it very helpful.” Even the Leafs tipped their caps to Thomas’ play. Allstar defender and captain Dion Phaneuf said, “We definitely threw everything we had at them and, you know, we got beat. They played well. Give them credit. They didn’t give up a whole lot, and like I said, when they did, their goalie was there to stop it.” Kessel agreed, adding ,“[Thomas] played well. I thought we could have had more shots on him, but he played well tonight.” The evening started at 7 p.m. with a presentation to honor the 92-year-old Milt Schmidt, who is the only person in Bruins franchise history to be a player, captain, coach and general manager. As part of the ceremony, Schmidt was given two replica Stanley Cups to commemorate his two Stanley Cup winning seasons and was joined by Bruins greats Bobby Orr, John Bucyk, Cam Neely, Terry O’Reilly and Ray Bourque, all of whom helped raise his banner to the rafters. “This night means to me about everything ... I can think of that goes along with the game of hockey, the greatest game in the world,” Schmidt said in a pre-game press conference. “I’m just so happy, and I hope that the present Bruins are going to have a little bit of the success that I had.” The Bruins credited much of their victory to Schmidt. “The best thing we could do for him, I think, was to get a win tonight, and so we were trying hard to get a good result,” Thomas said. “I mean, just listening to the accomplishments that that man has had as part of the Bruins organization, and he deserved the win tonight.” On Saturday, the Bruins won their second in a row and sixth out of their last seven with a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win was Thomas’ sixth straight to start the season, the best start for a Bruins keeper since Tiny Thompson went 6-0-0 in his first six games of the 1937 to 1938 season. The Bruins play again tomorrow night in Buffalo against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. They will then travel to face the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m.; followed by a home game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at 7 p.m. —Bryan Flatt
BRUINS MOVE TO 6-2 The Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators last week, p. 15.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
MOVING WITH THE BALL
Judges snap skid in home finale ■ The volleyball team lost
two more matches before beating Clarkson to end its nine-game losing streak. By ADAM RABINOWITZ JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
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ON THE ATTACK: Forward Tiffany Pacheco ’11 fights off Lesley College senior defender Sarah Etzel during the women’s soccer team’s 10-0 win against the Lynx.
Team has blowout, upset wins ■ The women’s soccer team
beat Lesley University 10-0 and WashU 2-0 before being shut out by Chicago. By JONATHAN STEINBERG JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Forward Sofia Vallone ’11 scored four goals last week, and the women’s soccer team pulled off two wins before closing out the week with a 2-0 loss at the University of Chicago last Sunday. The team defeated Washington University in St. Louis 2-0 last Friday after blowing out Lesley University 10-0 last Tuesday in the team’s home
finale. On Sunday, the women’s soccer squad closed out an otherwise strong week with a 2-0 loss to the Maroons. Though the Judges recorded 10 shots in the game, none were on target. Both of the goals for the Maroons came early in the match. Chicago sophomore midfielder Bridgette Kragie netted her fifth goal of the season in the 3rd minute, closely followed by a 6th minute goal from freshmen Liz Dorman, her second of the campaign. After allowing the two early goals, Brandeis goalkeeper Francine Kofinas ’13 settled down and tallied nine saves on the game for the Judges. Coach Denise Dallamora noted that Chicago’s strength and depth makes
them a difficult matchup for the Judges. “They have quality players and lot more depth than Washington,” she said. “They have a great defense and set the tempo for the game.” Vallone attributed the loss to a lack of rhythm. “We came out and couldn’t find a rhythm,” she said. “It didn’t have to do with heart; we just didn’t have it [on Sunday]. Some days we have it, and some days, we don’t.” Before the loss, the women’s team recorded a 2-0 win over the WashU Bears on their home turf. The win snapped a 12-match winless streak versus WashU, which stretched back to 1997, and a road winless streak
stretching back to 1994. The win also broke the Bears’ nine-game winning streak. Both goals for the Judges came in the opening minutes of the second half. In the 47th minute, midfielder Alanna Torre ’12 netted the game-winner, striking the ball from 25 yards out over the keeper’s head off of a pass from forward Tiffany Pacheco ’11. It was Torre’s third goal of the season. Vallone padded the lead with a goal from just inside the 18-yard mark in the 52nd minute, also off a pass from Pacheco. The Bears nearly came back with two shots in the final 20 minutes of play, both of which bounced off the crossbar.
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Squad drops two on its Midwest trip ■ The men’s soccer team
dropped consecutive road games against WashU and Chicago last weekend. By JULIAN CARDILLO JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The men’s soccer team came away with nothing this past weekend after an away stint at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago. The Midwest road trip kicked off on Friday when the Judges lost 4-1 to Washington University in St. Louis. On Sunday, Brandeis rounded out the trip with a 1-0 loss to the Maroons. Despite outshooting Chicago 10-
9, none of Brandeis’ chances found the back of the net. The attack was hampered by the absence of forward Luke Teece ’12, the team’s leading scorer. Teece went down with a concussion in the first half and was unable to return. “We were a little off the mark,” coach Michael Coven said. “We didn’t create good offense. Not having guys like Teece hurt us and we just didn’t play well. We had decent service into the box and we shot high and wide.” The teams spent much of the first half battling in the middle of the pitch, allowing both teams just three shots. But the game opened up in the second half, and against the run of play, the Maroons scored. In the 58th minute, junior midfielder Alan Pikna played a ball
to sophomore midfielder Daniel Hahn. Hahn drove a cross toward Brandeis’ goal that found junior midfielder Stanton Coville, who shot and scored for his seventh goal of the season and the 1-0 lead. Though Brandeis was on the losing end, goalkeeper Taylor Bracken ’11 made four stops on the day. At the opposite end of the field, Chicago freshman goalkeeper Mason Harless made two saves, as just two of Brandeis’ 10 shots were on target. The team also struggled in last Friday’s match against Washington University. WashU entered the match ranked No. 12 and showed its talent by scoring four unanswered goals against Brandeis for the Judges’ worst loss of the season. Brandeis managed to challenge
WashU in just the 9th minute. Forward Steve Keuchkarian ’11 played a ball through the defense that forward Lee Russo ’13 sent past the keeper for his fifth goal of the season and the 1-0 lead. Russo’s tally made him the fourth player on the Judges with at least five goals this season. Bracken made five stops in the opening 45 minutes, keeping Brandeis in the game after the team was outshot 7-4 in the first half. Bracken nearly lasted to earn a firsthalf shutout. But in the 43rd minute, WashU junior forward Dylan Roman found himself on a breakaway and put the ball through Bracken’s legs to level the match at one goal apiece. The Bears came out in the second half and scored twice in the first 5
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After dropping two matches to start the Judges Classic last weekend, the volleyball team did justice to the senior members of the team by defeating Clarkson University 3-1 in its final home game of the season. Earlier Saturday, the Judges were swept 3-0 in a highly anticipated rematch against Tufts University, and they also lost 3-1 to the University of Massachusetts Boston in the first match of the tournament last Friday. In its final match, Brandeis, now 14-16 overall and 1-6 in University Athletic Association play, fed off of the home crowd’s energy and won by margins of 25-15, 26-24, 21-25 and 25-22. In the first game, the Judges matched the Golden Knights pointfor-point, but Brandeis notched 7 out of the last 8 points to clinch at 25-15. In the second game, Brandeis put forth one of its best displays of talent and persistence all season. Trailing 21-9, Brandeis had its biggest rally of the season, including 10 points in a row at one point, winning the set 26-24. Coach Michelle Kim was particularly impressed with the team’s tenacity during the second set. She said that she was pleased with the squad’s “ability to fight back, and even though the squad was tired and drained, they worked hard for every single play,” adding that “this is a testament to the effort of our players.” The Golden Knights would not let the third game slip from their hands, and despite another late Brandeis rally, the Judges lost by a score of 25-21. The two teams battled back and forth for every point in the fourth game, and even though neither team was able to hold a comfortable lead in the set, the Judges tallied off the final three points to win 25-22. Setter Abby Blasco ’11 notched 40 assists and 15 digs, while outside hitter Paige Blasco ’11 contributed a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Middle blocker Nicole Smith ’11 had 13 kills and a .500 kill percentage. On the defensive side, setter Susan Sun ’13 added 18 digs to the Judges’ victory. Earlier in the day, Brandeis fell to local rival Tufts and ended up losing by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-8. The Judges played at their highest level in the second game, driving Tufts to the edge of defeat, but ultimately could not close out the game. Abby Blasco had six kills, 12 assists and 13 digs in the loss to the Jumbos. Paige Blasco also contributed eight kills to the effort. On Friday night in their first match of the tournament, Brandeis fell to UMass Boston 3-1 by scores of 25-15, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-19. The Judges ceded an early lead to the Beacons and could not recover,
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November 2, 2010
show is a ‘Wild Party’ p. 20 Photo: Asher Krell/the Justice. Design: Robyn Spector/the Justice.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
INSIDE ON CAMPUS
■ Myq Kaplan ’00 on campus 19
Kaplan, who graduated from Brandeis in 2000 and became a finalist in NBC’s Last Comic Standing, performed last Tuesday.
■ The HIV Experience
■ ‘The Wild Party’
The Girl Effect’s “HIV (Hope Infected Virus) Experience” strove to go beyond HIV/AID statistics and give students an eye-opening experience at this benefit performance. Tympanium Euphorium’s raunchy, jazzy 1920s musical provides thrills and laughs.
■ Halloween costume showcase 21 From hipsters to Harry Potter, justArts takes a look at students’ Halloween costumes last weekend.
■ ‘Saw 3D’ review
The gruesome sequel to last year’s Saw VI takes the widely popular horror franchise into a new dimension.
■ Pumpkin Beer Festival
■ ‘Toy Story 3’ DVD review
JustArts’ in-house beer connoisseur attended the Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Festival last Saturday, sampling a variety of seasonal beers. JustArts got a sneak preview of the DVD for Pixar’s top-grossing animated film, which hits shelves and online stores today.
by Shelly Shore
Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly stirred up a veritable storm on the Internet this week with her post “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?).” In her article, Kelly asked if television shows should be able to show overweight people making out on television, since it makes people (read: her) uncomfortable. She explained that after watching an episode of CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, seeing the two characters together would “likely lead her to become physically ill,” and that “I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” She later compared watching an overweight person walk across a room to watching an alcoholic stumbling across a bar or a heroin addict slumping in a chair. Needless to say, a lot of people got very, very angry. Commenters flooded the article’s page, calling for Marie Claire to immediately fire Kelly over her “hateful, sizeist remarks.” Kelly later amended her post with an apology, citing her own struggles with anorexia and her obsession with being thin as explanation for her violent reaction to seeing overweight people on television. But as Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch’s Emily Exton pointed out in her response to Kelly’s article, “saying, ‘I don’t hate fat people—I’m just afraid of being fat myself’ isn’t much of an excuse.” Kelly’s article, however, brought some interesting issues to light. With the majority of Americans currently overweight and a huge percentage of that number obese, what does putting those obese people on television mean for our culture and our standards of beauty? While Kelly calls Mike & Molly out for idealizing an “unhealthy” lifestyle, can’t the same be said for House, M.D.; Weeds—hell, even The Secret Life of the American Teenager? Can anyone think of any television show short of Sesame Street where
Laughing with Student Events JustArts interviewed the members of FEANY—the Student Events committee that organizes entertainment events—about bringing comedian and Brandeis graduate Myq Kaplan ’00 to campus.
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EATING HER WORDS: Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly wrote a controversial blog post last week. there isn’t some glamorization of a lifestyle that any of our parents would tell us to avoid? What right does Kelly have to pass judgment on CBS for airing a show starring people with body types Americans can relate to much better than they can relate to any of the Desperate Housewives? And to Ms. Kelly: as a writer, I sympathize with you. It must suck to have half the Internet clamoring for you to lose your job. But as a human being with a higher-than-ideal body mass index, I know I won’t be reading Marie Claire again until you’re gone.
What’s happening in Arts on and off campus
ON CAMPUS EVENTS French Cheese night with the Brandeis University Cheese Club From bleu to brie, Reblochon to Rocamadour, French cheeses come in varied shapes, sizes and styles. The Brandeis University Cheese Club invites students to another meeting and cheese tasting, this time featuring cheeses from France. Today at 8:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
Pan-Asian Food Night In a joint effort by all of the Asian cultural clubs at Brandeis, Pan-Asian Food Night will feature dishes from Korea, China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. In addition to meeting the leaders and executive board members from each Intercultural Center club, students will be able to learn about the cultures surrounding each local dish. Aside from bringing an empty stomach and open mind, students should also take advantage of the organizers’ expertise and find out how each dish is prepared. Food will be provided by the Brandeis Asian American Students Association, South Asian Students Association, Brandeis Chinese Cultural Connection, Southeast Asia Club, Japanese Culture Club and Korean Student Association. Tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Intercultural Center Swig Lounge.
Adagio Dance Company’s annual Dancefest Always a hit event among the student body, Adagio’s annual Dancefest—which typically also features guest performances from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Boston University and others—has already garnered over 300 people responding “attending” on its Facebook event page. The members of Adagio Dance Company, Kaos Kids and other student dance groups have been rehearsing weekly since the beginning of the semester and will debut their latest modern, hip-hop, jazz and classical dance offerings. The show typically packs in a large number of performances in its two acts, balancing lyrical and narrative offerings with ones that show off the dancers’ attitudes and physical abilities. Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. in The Levin Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a Brandeis ID and is $5 for nonBrandeis students.
SCRAM Jam at the Rose Art Museum The Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum will be offering art, dance and alcohol to the connoisseurs and party-goers of Brandeis alike. Students are invited to let loose in the Museum—a rare chance, since the Rose is not usually a place where dancing is encouraged—but don’t miss out on seeing its recent exhibitions, “Waterways” and “Regarding Painting,” either. For those over the age of 21, beer and other drinks will be available for the first hour of the event, as well as a variety of snacks. The cocktail bar will be at the Lee Gallery, next to the bottom of the stairs. The event is co-sponsored by the Fine Arts
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HOOKED ON DANCE: Adagio Dance Company and others will perform Thursday at its annual Dancefest. and Anthropology departments, the European Cultural Studies and Russian Studies programs, and the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum. Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday at the Rose Art Museum. The cocktail party from 9 to 10 p.m. will be only for those over 21. Tickets are available today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Usdan Café and from today to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m at the Rose Art Museum.
Colleges Against Cancer coffeehouse Colleges Against Cancer is a national collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to fighting cancer, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, improving knowledge about cancer through advocacy and improving college communities by instating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. CAC is hosting a coffeehouse in Cholmondeley’s to help raise funds for its cause, as well as to feature Brandeis’ best performing arts groups. Students will also have a chance to win—or, if they choose, buy—Relay for Life paraphernalia. To promote breast cancer awareness, “Save the Boobs” T-shirts will be on sale for $15. The lineup for the night will be as follows: 9 to 9:30 p.m., False Advertising; 9:45 to 10:15 p.m., Manginah; 10:15 to 10:20 p.m., Amanda Fogel ’13 (a member of Manginah); 10:20 to 10:30 p.m., Geraldine and Josh (members of Voices of Soul); 10:30 to 11 p.m., Crowd Control; 11 to 11:30 p.m., Voicemale; and 11:30 p.m. to midnight, Starving Artists. Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight at Cholmondeley’s.
B-DEIS Records benefit concert co-hosted by Colleges Against Cancer Live music, low lights, coffee table chitchat, free food and good vibes: what else could you want from a Friday evening? To support the American Cancer Society Relay
For Life at Brandeis University next year, B-DEIS Records’ coffeehouse at Cholmondeley’s encourages students to contribute to the donation box. The concert will feature performances by Ashni Davé ’12, Darryl Joo ’12, Rollin’ Deis, Tess Razer, Saz. É and many more. Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight at Cholmondeley’s.
Brandeis Ensemble Theater “Brandeis, I Love You”
Danielle Zipkin ’12 describes her movement showcase as a show “for Brandeis, by Brandeis.” What this means is that every single element of the performance, from the musical compositions and arrangements to the dance choreography and light design— even the story behind the show is inspired by love stories submitted by students—comes from Brandeis undergraduates. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater.
OFF CAMPUS EVENTS John Butler Trio and Dave Matthews Band concert John Butler Trio, which consists of Australian guitar virtuoso John Butler, bassist Byron Luiters and drummer Nicky Bomba, will be coming to Boston along with Dave Matthews Band. John Butler Trio is continuing its tour in support of its recently released album April Uprising. Praised by Rolling Stone for its “melody, subtlety, authenticity, and sophistication,” the album saw the trio’s highest U.S. Billboard chart debut. Even so, it only does partial justice to the Trio’s live performance. Headliner Dave Matthews Band, famously known for its live shows, will be playing in support of its newest album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Nov. 9 and 10 starting at 7 p.m. at the Boston TD Garden.
Two days after Brandeis alum and Last Comic Standing finalist Myq Kaplan ’00 came to campus, the organizers of FEANY, the department within Student Events in charge of entertainment activities were still jittering with excitement as they prepared for their weekly meeting. Fina Amarilio ’12, Elena Korn ’13, Eva Ying ’12 and Rachel Nelson ’13 were able to sit down with justArts in the Students Events office to talk about how they organized last Tuesday’s Night of LOLs, discuss who ImprovBoston is and reveal exactly how Brandeisian and awkward Kaplan is. JustArts: How was the turnout for the event? Fina Amarilio: One hundred and fifty people came, which was a great turnout, especially on a Tuesday night, and they were all really into it. So, overall, I think it was a great success. Elena Korn: I thought it was great. A lot of people showed their support and came, and I think they were highly entertained. JA: Did you all meet Myq Kaplan? Rachel Nelson: Yeah, he was cool, a little bit nerdy and Brandeis-y. I was surprised at how short he was. JA: Really? How tall is he? Rachel Nelson: He’s taller than me, but I think he’s around 5 feet, 3 inches. FA: He’s really funny in person and very smart. You can tell just how smart he is based on what he says. It also helps that he went to Brandeis, so we get him. There’s a type of mutual understanding. He knows the type of people who go here and all of the stereotypes. JA: Did he make Brandeis-specific jokes in his performance on Tuesday? FA: Well, when he went onstage, he was so funny, and he was like, “I’ve paid Brandeis for so long, and now I’m getting a little bit of it back.” EK: He made a lot of Jewish jokes and talked about the Brandeis owl. JA: What did he say about the owl? EK: Kaplan made jokes about our sports teams, about how, against all of the birds we could have chosen, we had to choose the owl— the one that always looks like it’s reading. [laughs] Something like that. I love that. JA: Could you tell me a little about the opening act of the night? FA: Devon Hermenau ’11 emceed the show, and ImprovBoston, a local sketch comedy/ improv group opened the show. I spoke to ImprovBoston, and they were very nice. Elena worked more closely with them. RN: We chose the group because we wanted someone to warm up the audience, get them laughing. Two stand-up comedians in a row would get people bored. It’d be nice to get the audience involved early on, get them in a good mood for when Myq comes on. JA: What was the difference between ImprovBoston’s act compared to a standup routine? FA: There were five or six of them. Also, you don’t just sit there and listen to one person for a long time; you kind of interact with them. RN: It wasn’t scripted; it was improv, obviously. It was completely off of the top of their heads. I didn’t know they had a keyboard player with them. She carried their thoughts with her music. There was one act where they had to act out a horror film, and she played this type of horror music just off the top of her head. The audience participation was good and bad because they could shape their act based on what people screamed out in the audience, but then also, if you can’t think of something funny, you can’t think of something funny, you know? JA: Tell me more about ImprovBoston’s use of audience participation. RN: They did some games where they pulled up people, and they did some games where they went out into the audience and asked certain people and they did some games where they stayed onstage and asked people to shout out things. JA: What’s going on for Student Events? Anything exciting for the future? FA: Nov. 13 will be Louis Louis; it’s our theme week for the fall semester. You might remember it’s called Bronstein in the spring— [it’s] basically the same thing. Last time, our theme was Louis Jr. and featured Nickelodeon shows. So our theme this year is “Cruise to Paradeis: S.S. Louis Louis.” It’s actually organized by another department within Student Events, but the theme is really cool. There’s parties and a Caribbean street fair. It’s going to be really fun, with nine events in 4 days, and they’re all themed events. ––Wei-Huan Chen
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
ON CAMPUS COMEDY
Grad takes the “Myq” in campus return ■ Myq Kaplan ’00 performed
as the headliner for Student Events’ Night of LOLs last Tuesday in Levin Ballroom. By ELLY KALFUS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
“Words are important; [they’re] all that separate us from the mimes.” This is one of the many jokes that comedian Myq Kaplan ’00, the selfproclaimed “word magician,” told during his stand-up routine in the Levin Ballroom last Tuesday. For Kaplan, an undergraduate at Brandeis 10 years ago, he saw his return to the University as a favor to the rest of us, since he’s collecting back some of the money he paid to the school in tuition. The comedy show put on by Student Events was emceed by Devon Hermenau ’11, a member of the Brandeis improv group TBA. Hermenau, who went by “MC Voltage” for the night, introduced members of the Boston-based improv comedy club ImprovBoston, who opened for Kaplan with a half-hour improv show. ImprovBoston began its routine with a game of “Pan Left/Pan Right,” similar to the game “Cube,” in which improvisers must rotate to the left or right, changing partners and scenes constantly. Although ImprovBoston was voted the No. 1 Comedy Club in Boston by The Boston Phoenix and puts on some very funny shows, their performance at this show felt forced and clichéd and did not get that many laughs. The peak of that performance occurred early on, when the comedians played a game in which two improvisers were each given an audience volunteer, whom they tapped when they needed suggestions for how to finish a sentence. The scene, which started out as a meeting between a teacher and a student, developed into an argument as the two accused each other of horrendous acts of misconduct, escalating the drama. The game worked so well in part because the audience volunteers suggested words that had no relevance in the context, such as “diapers” and “cocaine club,” forcing the improvisers to justify their usage. The games were a good way to warm up the crowd, but overall, the group’s performance was less than what was expected from such an illustrious comedy club. Once the improv part of the evening was over, Kaplan came on to start the stand-up portion of the night, commenting that there would be a lot of audience participation in his act as well, since he needed people to sit “there … and laugh.” He began his routine with a rapid-fire succession of short, to-the-point bits, mostly based off of observations he
has made in daily life. For instance, he talked about the fact that most rap CDs these days have a label which reads “explicit lyrics” on the cover, something he thinks is stating the obvious due to the nature of the songs, let alone the curse words apparent in the rappers’ names. If Kaplan were to make a CD, his would read “implicit lyrics,” and he would make ambiguous threats in his songs, like, “You know what I’m gonna do, I don’t need to say it” Kaplan also promised he would say things he hadn’t been allowed to say on NBC, referencing his recent rise to fame on the television show Last Comic Standing this past summer, where he came in fifth place. He then revealed these forbidden things, such as the fact that he preferred to watch CBS and thought other channels had worthwhile shows too. Much of his humor played on the audience’s expectations, promising the audience something big and then giving us in return something much more obvious and more mundane—a technique which can have varied results. Many of the jokes Kaplan made pertained to Brandeis, Judaism or both. Kaplan graduated from Brandeis in 2000, and so in his routine he mocked many of the dorky Brandeisian traditions we have that he experienced during his time here as well. Some of these jokes included our sports teams being called the Judges (the bad guys on the other team better be scared!) and our mascot being a studious owl (he’ll calculate why we’re losing at halftime). Although his humor was relatable, it was at times too Brandeisian, playing to the fact that he had a mostly Jewish, liberal audience and making jokes that we’ve all heard before but still laugh at since we “get” them. One instance is when he asked if there were any goys in the audience, and then said that he wouldn’t bother explaining what it meant because if you didn’t know then you obviously were one. On the other hand, audience member Elana Friedland ’11 said her favorite part was when Kaplan compared his ability to hide jokes to hiding the afikomen. He then made fun of his own joke, asking “Guess where else that [joke] gets applause? Nowhere.” The best parts of his routine were humorous because of his awkward silences and self-critiques of his jokes and of the audience’s reactions, reinforcing the Brandeis style of humor that seems to be very typical here. This is not necessarily a negative, but it was a bit eerie how similar his delivery and content were to most other comedy routines you hear at Brandeis, either by professional comedians or by students. His strengths did shine through, however, in his witty and original
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AWKWARD HUMOR: Myq Kaplan ’00 talks to the crowd in the Levin Ballroom about religion, math and Judaism during his show. take on basic facts of life, like his concept of what science fiction must have been like in the time of the ancient Greeks, when they didn’t have the technological fears we have today: “Beware, [there’s a] pulley, [a] lever, [an] inclined plane—inclined to kill you.” His ability to maintain a straight face throughout his act was also quite impressive, since comedians who break character and laugh at their own jokes often ruin it for the audience. Although his routine started off on an extremely high note and became a bit too topic-specific toward the end, Kaplan put on a good show overall, making the audience laugh with his witticisms and wordplay. After the show, people lined up to talk with him and buy his CD, many even asking for his autograph, proving that Brandeis can give birth to good comedians, and not just doctors, as some might think.
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QUICK THINKING: ImprovBoston encouraged crowd participation during its set.
The HIV Experience educates with art, poetry ■ With monologues, stories
and poetry, the WE-ACTx event raised money and awareness for HIV issues. By TAYLOR BAKER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Walking into “The HIV (Hope Infected Virus) Experience” this past Friday, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew the event was HIV/AIDS-related, but what the event had to say about it was unclear to me. I mean, what could they say about HIV/ AIDS that I didn’t already know? Ironically, those questions are exactly what the Girl Effect, the club that organized and hosted the event, addressed for the duration of the event. The Girl Effect aims to empower and support impoverished women around the world by helping to provide resources to better not only their own lives but also the lives of their families and their communities. Thus, The HIV Experience
came to be. The event, featuring a variety of performances by a variety of people, aimed to “go beyond statistics,” as Girl Effect President Supreetha Gubbala ’12 stated, in order to recognize and challenge the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and not to just list facts in the hopes that the audience would retain them. Gubbala and Noam Shouster ’11, a student who helped the Girl Effect because of her close work with Women’s Equality in Access to Care and Treatment for HIV, mentioned that the majority of the proceeds would go to that group. This is an organization that specifically helps to support and inform Rwandan women with HIV/ AIDS, many of whom were infected during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The event was an eye-opening experience with intimate stories and performances that not only addressed the relational issues surrounding HIV/AIDS but also the hope that can be found in such dire situations. The evening kicked off with a spoken-word poem by Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams titled
“Bloodsucker.” The poem portrayed HIV/AIDS as a vampire slowly decaying the body it inhabits. This performance was a good way to begin the night because of its portrayal of the disease as a being rather than abstract numbers on a page. Another spoken-word poet featured was Usman Hameedi ’12, who performed two poems throughout the course of the evening. Hameedi’s poems were a sobering reminder that HIV/AIDS does not just exist in some obscure third-world country but is something that could affect friends’ lives. Similar themes were carried on throughout the monologues, a portion of the program in which performers were asked to confront their own prejudices against HIV/AIDS and then translate those into a story. These stories explored HIV/AIDS not only in the context of school or relationships, but also of ethnicity, religion, sexuality and the media. Naomi Volk ’14 gave a powerful performance, portraying someone with AIDS who is at angry at those who think they can understand what
she’s going through just because they’ve seen movies like RENT. Other notable monologues came from Jessica Christian ’13, Nusruth Yusuf ’13 and Sujin Shin ’13. Christian and Yusuf portrayed two Indian girls living as prostitutes in order to support their families; both contract HIV and must decide how to face their families. Shin’s monologue addressed race, as she portrayed a strict Korean mother who resolves to not let her daughter continue being friends with another Korean girl because she has HIV. Her mother says that a good Korean girl would not contract such a thing, as it’s a disease “only white girls” get. In between each monologue were ministories told by students solely through body language and apparel. Each person represented either an HIV-positive or negative person while echoing the same themes mentioned in monologues. The monologue and narratives segued smoothly with the help of the song “Tea Leaf Dancers” by Flying Lotus. There were also a number of en-
tertaining and hopeful musical performances. One example was Ashni Dave’s ’12 very soulful and uplifting renditions of John Legend’s “Stay With You” and India.Arie’s “There’s Hope.” A cappella group Rather Be Giraffes finished off the night by leading everyone in singing “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical RENT. All the previous performers joined them onstage with them as they joyously sang together. The HIV Experience was truly one infected with hope. The Girl Effect’s dedication really shone through, as the night was well put-together and informative in that I walked away more knowledgeable not just of facts but also, of the emotional and less tangible issues surrounding HIV/ AIDS. As someone without HIV/ AIDS, I won’t say that I completely understand the struggles of those with the virus or disease, but I will say that I have more knowledge simply of what is happening around the world and how I can help. Editor’s note: Sujin Shin ’13 is an Arts writer for the Justice.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
Elaborate costumes make a ‘Wild Party’ ■ Casual sex, booze, drugs
and partying all took place in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater last weekend as actors and actresses put on the play ‘The Wild Party.’ By ARIEL KAY JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In advertisements for The Wild Party, put on this week by Tympanium Euphorium, a warning reads: “PARENTAL ADVISORY: This show is not suitable for viewers under the age of 16.” Could there be a better way to get college students to go see a musical? And they’re right; This show isn’t really suitable for those under 16. But not for the reasons you’re thinking. While watching the show last Thursday evening, I realized that its themes and ultimate message really relate to the issues collegeaged people begin to explore. Casual drugs and casual sex, yes—but on a deeper level, the consequences of whom one chooses to love and make love to (hint: they’re not always the same). Drugs and booze fuel the night of the aforementioned wild party, during which the entire musical takes place. When the night wears on and the cocaine wears off, this is where the real heart of this musical lives. Andrew Lippa wrote The Wild Party’s book, music and lyrics based off of a long-form poem by Joseph Moncure March. The show originally debuted in New York City in 1997, but it is set in 1929, just before the stock market crash that set off the Great Depression. Prohibition has been enacted and jazz is all the rage. The first aspects of the production I noticed—even before the action really began—were the costumes and set design, created by Jessica Rasp ’13 and Robert Orzalli ’11, respectively. The apartment in which the entire show takes place is complete with a bedroom, bathroom and bar, though no walls separate these different spheres. A yellow couch dominates the center of the stage. Girls in garters and guys wearing boxers provide a Greek-style chorus for the show’s opening number, titled “Queenie was a Blonde.” This song refers to the female lead, played by Anneke Reich ’13, whose brassy voice seemed made for the character of a sultry nightclub performer. These singers then morph into the party guests, each with his or her own unique backstory and romantic partner. Only 13 actors appear in The Wild Party, and all but two remain onstage throughout the entire performance. Though nearly all get to perform their own solos or duets, this cast impressed me most with its ability to act as an ensemble. Even when a scene was tightly focused on a few characters, the rest never stopped being “in character.”
The party’s frantic pace is believable because background action is always occurring. Characters have their own full-on interactions without the use of dialogue and often act as a backdrop to the main action of the scene. I credit the director, Abby Armstong ’13, with this achievement. She manages various story arcs with a chaotic control that suits the tone of the musical just right. It’s a party, after all. Everyone is constantly singing, dancing, drinking, flirting and always, always performing. The characters could have easily become secondary to the sheer debauchery that occurs were it not for Armstrong’s key ability to rein in the fracas. Armstrong said she “worked individually with each actor to create believable characters with their own dark motivations” but said the final product was only possible due to “this unique circumstance where each person gave 110 percent and cared more about the outcome of the show than about getting his or her own time in the spotlight.” Reich agreed, adding, “Not only actors, but the production staff, crew, orchestra members and everyone who worked on the production were extremely dedicated and passionate. The show could not have [been] done without them.” The show’s dance routines, choreographed by Kayla Dinces ’12, were another highlight. A mix of burlesque and jazz was used, as would be seen on a musical set in the Roaring ’20s. This was Dinces’ first time choreographing, but she clearly has a knack for it. The singing and dancing doesn’t ever really stop throughout The Wild Party, and even when full-on musical numbers aren’t being performed, individual lines of dialogue are sung and danced to. The choreography kept the show lively and entertaining, as well as reflecting its historical context. Dinces was also able to transition into a more melancholy tone when required, as the show moved into its more compelling second act. The plot of The Wild Party focuses on the developing love triangle between Queenie, her lover Burrs (Zach Greenberg ’12) and Black (Nick Maletta ’13), a stranger who joins the party and instantly catches Queenie’s eye. For the most part, I found their characterizations believable, though all three seemed to lack the sexual tension so well portrayed by the rest of the cast. The performance that struck me most intensely was Zoey Hart’s ’13. She played the second female lead, Kate, who is Queenie’s prostitute best friend. Hart looks like a young Helena Bonham Carter who had waded through a lake of liquor the night before. As Kate, who tries desperately to get Burrs to sleep with her throughout the evening, Hart flops and stumbles about the stage, looking woebegone and bedraggled, though undeniably sexy. Her despair at being “the life of the party,”
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ADULTEROUS TENDENCY: From left to right, Alia Goldfarb ’13, Levi Squier ’14 and Eliza Dumais ’14 are onstage in ‘Wild Party.’ but never attaining true romantic affection, was palpable, and I believe she gave the best performance of the show. The best song, however, goes to Jason Dick ’14 and Dotan Horowitz ’12, who play (related) lovers Phil
and Oscar D’Armano, respectively. The pair ask Queenie and Burrs to perform their latest musical creation, a song titled “A Wild, Wild Party.” Though the entire cast participates in this number, it is the D’Armanos who easily steal the
show, camping it up, though not offensively. This number was also the most jubilant and boisterous of an otherwise dark and dangerous production, creating the feeling that we in the audience received an invitation to The Wild Party as well.
Garba delivers a cultural experience to campus ■ The Sikh, Hindu and Jain
groups came together to celebrate the holiday of Navrati last Saturday through many unique garba dances and cultural prayers. By EMILY SALLOWAY JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Garba 2010, Brandeis’ Sikh, Hindu and Jain group’s celebration of the Hindu holiday of Navratri, was a thrilling combination of sparkles, color, music and, most importantly, dance. This year’s Namaskar event was held last Saturday in Levin Ballroom, and it was just as heavily attended as the previous week’s Diwali celebration. The word Navratri literally means “nine nights” and is celebrated four times throughout
the year. The festival is held in autumn and is also called Durga Puja, as it is a time to worship and honor the goddess Durga, as well as other important deities. After 10 minutes of watching dancer after dancer weave around the Levin Ballroom with flowing synchronized steps, I approached Namaskar executive board member Jasnam Sachdev ’12 and asked her how they knew how to move so brilliantly. She laughed good-naturedly and told me, “They all have learned it throughout their childhoods. It’s sort of innate to their culture.” But beauty like that had to be practiced, perfected; it had to come from somewhere, I knew. With each song, the dances seemed to change, although somehow everyone maintained confidence in their movements and did not fall out of line even for a second.
E-board member Sriya Srikrishnan ’12 clued me in: “People just pick it up over time. Their families teach them. I just learned a few weeks ago.” I had seen Srikrishnan dancing, and she was good. I would never have guessed that she was fairly new to Garba. It made me think that maybe I could pick it up. When she offered to teach me, I excitedly accepted. As I found out, Garba consists of a few shuffles forward, a turn, a few shuffles back and another turn. What I thought to be different dances were actually just variations of the same routine. The tempo speeds up, arms move in different patterns and limbs become bouncier or more graceful, all depending on the music. The dance is performed in a line, moving in a circle, with someone at the front leading the way. The two men who seemed to al-
ways be at the front of the line were very talented and passionate; their bodies flew so easily through the steps that their dancing was hardly recognizable in the movements I was able to do after practicing with Srikrishnan. Several people I spoke to said they would rather have been taught the moves beforehand so that they could participate in the dancing more quickly, but I personally felt that the “observe and jump right in” method was much more inclusive because it didn’t single out anyone who was unfamiliar with Garba. Additionally, the more experienced dancers were more than willing to help out whether you asked them or not, so learning the moves was not a problem. Everyone was really friendly and in high spirits, and, amazingly, nobody seemed to ever tire of dancing. Half an hour later, I could move
around the room without bumping into anyone, and it felt great to be sharing an important part of a culture that was previously unfamiliar to me. Following the Garba, there was a prayer, as well as two other types of dance: Raas, in which dancers use wooden or decorative sticks to make sounds in time to the music with the sticks representing the sword of Durga, and Bhangra, a popular form of dance that today is often mixed with hip-hop samples to create a blend of the traditional and modern. After attending this joyous festival, I plan on practicing my Garba so that next year at Navratri, maybe I can move more confidently like the dancers who, as Jasnam put it, “move like crazy,” their bodies effortlessly enacting a ritual that has been passed down from generation to generation.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
Going out, dressing up Students wear creative costumes to celebrate the Halloween festivities By AMY MELSER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
As children, most of us dressed up for Halloween, went trick-ortreating around our respective neighborhoods and then went home to sort out all of our chocolates and gummies. During high school, there was a latency period during which many students disregarded Halloween. However, in college, Brandeis students celebrate the day by dressing up in funny costumes that vary from references to their studies to pop culture icons. While we are not trick-or-treating anymore, we do enjoy the many parties offered on and off campus in our often creative and eccentric ensembles. Brandeis students were quite original in their costumes for Halloween 2010, emulating historical and literary figures in addition to referencing recent news with their costumes. Hannah Katcoff ’12 looked to Betsy Ross for inspiration. Katcoff donned an American flag that she made into a dress, complete with a white wig and bonnet. A prominent literary figure that
popped up at more than one party was Harry Potter. Many students could pass as Potter at Hogwarts, complete with Potter’s lightning-bolt scar. Additionally, many female students looked to Hermione Granger as a way to represent their favorite literary heroine on Halloween, though their “uniforms” tended to be a lot more revealing than Granger’s. Missy Skolnik ’12 referenced the famed children’s book character Pippi Longstocking. Skolnik made two braids and purposely put on two mismatched socks over red tights to complete the Longstocking look. Steve Feldman ’12 didn’t look to literary characters; rather, he made light of the recent BP oil spill. Feldman dressed up as a BP worker who was cleaning up the spill. He custommade his costume, splattering black paint on a white zip-up in order to look he was covered in oil. Like Feldman, Wouter van der Eng ’13 incorporated a lot of paint into his costume as the Jolly Green Giant. Van der Eng, a basketball player, stands at 6 feet, 8 inches, making his costume truly come to life.
Amanda Dryer ’13 and Allie Kiekhofer ’13 created another foodinspired costume. They dressed as the breakfast favorite sunny-side-up eggs, in all white with round, yellow cutouts on their stomachs for the yolks. Students also referenced themselves—and each other—for costumes. Ben Plesser ’14 dressed as a hipster, and a handful of fraternity boys played up their stereotypes dressing as Southern versions of themselves in blue blazers, polo shirts with popped collars, seersucker pants, Vineyard Vines hats and sunglasses. When all else failed, students looked to pop culture references for inspiration. Britney Spears was seen throughout her eras—Rosie Veggeberg ’13 re-created Spears’ “Baby One More Time” video in a sexy schoolgirl costume. From schoolgirls to Betsy Ross, Brandeisians’ 2010 Halloween costumes varied tremendously. Whether the costumes were handmade or from the costume shop, Brandeis students were quite inventive this year.
CREATIVITY GALORE: From first-years to seniors, the entire campus appeared to transform last Saturday night as students celebrated Halloween by dressing up.
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False Ad celebrates funny side of Halloween ■ Combining singing and
comedy, improv group False Advertising put on its annual Halloween show. By ELLY KALFUS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
False Advertising, Brandeis’ oldest improv troupe and its only musical one, took to the Merrick Stage last Thursday for its annual Spooktacular Halloween show. The group always celebrates Halloween with a different theme, this year’s being You’re A Dead Man, Charlie Brown. The improvisers went all out with makeup and costumes to embody the characters of the Charlie Brown gang but with haunting touches of bloody death attached to most. This unique blend of horror and comedy was wellreceived by the audience, who laughed loudly at the opening act, in which Linus (Jeremy Slosberg ’11) narrated the story of how each member of the cast met his or her death. The characters entered the stage one at a time and silently acted out their deaths as he announced them, doing so in an overthe-top and melodramatic fashion that befitted the show. Although this was the only part of the night that was scripted, one of the biggest laugh-getters occurred when Schroeder (Louis Polisson ’12) fell to his death atop his keyboard, his head causing one of the instrument’s preprogrammed musical tracks to play. Even when you try to escape improv, you wind up doing it. The opening act culminated in all of the characters rising from the ground, crawling downstage in a zombielike manner and echoing Linus’ last words, “Writing and waiting, writing and waiting.” The group dove right into the improvisation then, calling on a member of the audience for a suggestion of “the worst thing to lick.” Upon receiving the word “cactus” as their prompt, the improvisers created and performed a long-form sketch that
spanned a number of themes. Abandoning their Charlie Brown characters, the players took on numerous roles throughout the night, producing laughs, particularly with their uses of physical humor. In one scene, Michael Zonenashvili ’13 played Zane Relethford’s ’13 son, sitting on Relethford’s lap and climbing all over him, putting himself in awkward physical positions. Relethford responded to his son’s movements by telling him to settle down, prompting other members of the group to enhance the humor by calling for a flashback to the son’s first date. Relethford left the stage and Matt Eames ’13 went on as Zonenashvili’s prospective date, ringing the bell to his house only to be greeted by Zonenashvili launching himself into Eames’ arms and grabbing hold of him, maintaining the same physical awkwardness of the previous scene. Another flashback involved Relethford being surrounded by the rest of his children all assuming monkey-like positions, clinging to his body. Other examples of False Advertising’s skill at physical comedy included Slosberg’s and Eames’ embodiment of Siamese twins, fused together to cut down on health costs, and other improvisers’ interactions with the one prop onstage, a black box. Ari Salinger ’12 and Zonenashvili performed a scene in which they struggled to push one another off the box, silently. Zonenashvili ultimately won, breaking the silence by proclaiming “This is why we’re best friends!” as he turned to Salinger for a high-five. Heddy Ben-Atar ’11 and Salinger continued this thread, chasing each other onstage and accidently knocking into the box when they heard a voice coming from within it. The voice, played by Zonenashvili, who remained offstage, ordered the children to lift up the box, but then yelled at them for actually considering doing so. Ben-Atar and Salinger, at first fearing the box, decided to sit on it to suffocate it, Salinger breaking the silence with a poignant “He’s dead, we
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FUNNY GUYS: Michael Zonenashvili ’13 (left) and Ari Salinger ’12 performed a scene from Charlie Brown for their Halloween show. can play again!” following Zonenashvili’s character’s death. The long form ended on a heartwarming scene of a capella singing involving Salinger and Relethford. A birthday announcement followed, with the group calling the birthday girl onstage; they sang her “Happy Birthday” and peer-pressured her to eat the birthday cake they had baked her, berating her for not eating quickly enough. The group’s musical long-form, titled “Just Business Acquaintances,” was the highlight of the show. Polisson, the group’s pianist, took the stage once again, providing musical accompaniment for the improvisers as they all performed the fast-paced group number “Business.” Relethford and Ben-Atar created the plot by establishing Relethford as a phone salesman for a credit card company and Ben-Atar as his boss. The absurdity of the situation unfolded as Ben-Atar told her employee he had to
smile while talking on the phone in order to brighten the customer’s day and with Relethford protesting that the customer couldn’t see his smile over the phone. At the same time, BenAtar was unintentionally sabotaging his conversation with the customer by telling him to put the client on hold each time she wanted to give him advice. Slosberg and Michael Shemesh ’14 picked up this strand in a later scene, in which Shemesh played a persistent salesman and possible scam-artist who called Slosberg to sell him a boxset of Rob Schneider movies. While Schneider jokes are often overused, Slosberg and Shemesh were still able to squeeze humor out of the joke by singing a duet that largely amounted to a list of Schneider’s roles in movies and their commentary on them. The rest of the group joined in the scene, singing harmonies as they danced across stage behind the improvisers. Although the focus of musical im-
prov is not usually on singing ability, Andrea Verdeja ’14 shone as a singer in her scene with Salinger, playing an abusive wife juxtaposed with his silent, subservient role of husband. Her voice as well as her quick wording sustained the scene as she sang about his failure to bake her apple pie. Although he was silent in this scene, Salinger demonstrated his skill at rhyming and wordplay in other scenes, rhyming “solitaire” with “easy chair” in reference to Ben-Atar’s activities while at work and making up other memorable lyrics. False Advertising’s improvisers put on a very quick-witted and lyrical Spooktacular show. The group’s particular skill at awkward physical comedy and its ability to relate scenes to previous ones (known as making callbacks) made their show a success, and their enthusiasm and passion was evident throughout. Happy Halloween! Editor’s note: Zane Relethford ’13 is a member of the Justice copy staff.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
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‘Saw’ franchise enters new dimension ■ Although the pop-out
elements in ‘Saw 3D’ create many scary moments, they detract from the film’s story. By AARON BERKE JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
A trap can only be sprung so many times before it breaks. But Saw, the successful horror film franchise, has been springing its traps for the past seven years, and it hasn’t managed to break down thus far. With Saw 3D, however—supposedly the final installment of the series— things unfortunately start to come apart. The franchise has long taken criticism for putting too much emphasis on its macabre traps that pit unwitting subjects against themselves, forcing self-mutilation and psychological torture as a way for people who are unworthy of their lives to reclaim them. This has been the titular villain Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) mantra for the past seven films, and despite its flaws has been an unyielding device for what has been a surprisingly strong story. Despite all the torture and gore, Saw always had a wonderfully intricate story at its center, delicately plotted over the course of these films and containing twists that have an impact on the story’s development. At the heart of this development has been Jigsaw himself, who went from being a body laying on a bathroom floor in the original Saw, to a multilayered character with increasingly deep motivations. Even after the character’s death in Saw III, he has been kept alive through flashbacks, videotapes and his ever-increasing band of apprentices. At the end of the last film, the surprisingly strong Saw VI, Jigsaw’s last remaining apprentice, former detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandaylor) was seen tearing off half his face in order to bust his way out of the reverse-bear trap planted on him by Jigsaw’s ex, Jill Tuck (Betsy Russel). This exciting ending built up anticipation for an upcoming power struggle between Hoffman and Tuck. But unfortunately this struggle, while one of the highlights of Saw 3D, was downplayed in favor of meaningless filler with a self-help guru named Bobby Dagen, (Sean Patrick Flannery) a self-proclaimed Jigsaw survivor who organizes a support group for fellow survivors. As Dagen is once again lured into a game, the majority of the film’s runtime is taken up by him walking through a series of traps in which he must rescue victims with whom he is associated. This scenario proves a huge problem for the film, as it adds very little to the overall
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FRANCHISE FRIGHTFEST: The seventh installment of the ‘Saw’ series has some great moments but ultimately fails to deliver. plot and provides nothing other than filler to pad out the story. It doesn’t help that we already saw a version of this idea in Saw VI, except its execution was far more interesting. Here the traps are meaningless, serving merely to boost the film’s 3-D engine, providing fodder for those waiting to see body parts launched from the screen. However the emphasis on the 3-D portion of the film proves a major detractor, as the traps’ outcomes become increasingly predictable, and whatever former ingenuity they contained is dropped in the favor of spreading as much blood as possible. Bobby Dagen’s support group also acts as a mean of reintroducing Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes), the main character of the original film, and a character whose ultimate fate has been a topic of heated fan debate until now. I myself have been an avid Dr. Gordon fan since the beginning and eagerly anticipated his return. Sadly, his presence in this film
is used more as a way to appease the fans than anything else, and his actual impact on the film’s events is very minimal. He appears only in a few brief scenes—including the film’s excellent opening—but afterwards remains almost entirely absent until the ending. His ultimate impact, however, does provide a certain amount of satisfaction that should leave fans pleased. Nevertheless, I find the character’s motivations to be somewhat questionable. Those who remember Dr. Gordon in the first film will be hard-pressed to identify with his portrayal here. The aforementioned war between Hoffman and Tuck, meanwhile, fares better than the other half of the story but still plays out very differently than I imagined. Rather than a war of wills between the two, it turns into a manhunt, with Tuck fearing for her life and Hoffman relentlessly pursuing her. Seeking protection from Hoffman, Tuck turns to police Detective Gibson
(Chad Donella), who she believes is the only person who can protect her. This is another weak aspect of Saw 3D, with Gibson proving the least interesting of all the film series’ various detectives. Gibson’s backstory and former association with Hoffman is also a bit of a stretch, with no real bearing on the plot, seeming to be only an excuse to extend the film’s runtime. However, this story’s conclusion is handled well, with Hoffman slaughtering an entire police station to get to Tuck, and their ultimate confrontation is quite satisfying. Despite some great moments, Saw 3D fails to deliver. It’s definitely one of the weaker installments of the series, and screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who handled the growing franchise so well in the past, seem to have forgotten how to balance the traps and gore with a good story and appealing characters. The film’s directing by Kevin Greutert is service-
able, though fairly unimaginative. Greutert’s style, vivid and frenetic in Saw VI, is rather muted here, with dull color tones and fairly straightforward camera usage. The best sequence from a directorial standpoint is the first trap sequence, which takes place outside in front of a massive crowd. This idea is a huge departure from the series’ usually well-contained traps. By placing victims into a public arena, Jigsaw’s influence suddenly seems more widespread and significant. This idea isn’t followed up on, and the rest of the film’s traps are returned to the usual underground rooms and tunnels. The acting is pretty good overall. Bell appears for what amounts to little more than a cameo, but during his few scenes, he brings to the table the usual shimmering menace and reserved bravado that makes Jigsaw such an intriguing character. Mandylor does a good job as the sadistic and brutish Hoffman. Despite my early uncertainties of Mandylor’s ability to portray a worthy successor to Jigsaw, over the course of the past few films, he’s managed to prove himself as a ruthless villain and a far greater physical presence than Jigsaw ever was. Russell doesn’t have much to do this time other than cower or scream, but her performance is still effective. Flannery is rather unremarkable as Dagen, who proves to be an entirely unnecessarily character, and Donella is laughably bad as the equally uninteresting Detective Gibson. Elwes, meanwhile, does a good job in his few scenes as the bitter and resentful Dr. Gordon. It’s a performance very different from his portrayal of the earnest doctor fighting to save his family (who aren’t even mentioned this time out) in the original Saw, and it will leave many fans scratching their heads. Nevertheless Elwes manages to just barely justify this offbeat new Gordon. Saw 3D suffers from subpar writing and directing, and an over reliance on traps that should have served as the background. It didn’t help that Jigsaw is barely featured in the film. I suppose this was inevitable, considering the character has been dead since Saw III, but Bell’s great performance was missed here. It’s uncertain at this point whether the film series will return for an eighth installment. Despite the film’s vicious promotion as the final installment, money talks, and if Saw 3D does well, I wouldn’t be surprised if more films come along. Judging from Saw 3D’s ending, another movie could prove interesting, but only if writers Dunstan and Melton can recapture the magic found in some of their earlier writing. If that is possible, then hopefully this broken trap can be fixed.
Cambridge brewpub hosts Pumpkin Beer Festival Douglas D
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Last Saturday night, I attended the Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Festival. It was a festival that offered a large selection of pumpkin beers alongside the typical Halloween festivities of the weekend. CBC is a brewpub, much like Watch City Brewing Co. in Waltham. It offers beer that is produced on-site paired with food from the kitchen. This article will be focusing on the festival as a whole instead of on any specific beers, as I had around 10 samples of beer. I will just highlight a few of the best. Stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks. Upon arriving, the wait to get in to the festival stretched down the block. We were given a tasting glass
and the ability to buy drink tickets, each ticket equaling four ounces. This was done to manage the number of orders being taken by keeping money and tab issues at the ticket counter and away from the bar. The system was nice, as it allowed one to have the freedom to try a little taste of everything or to have a full pint of a few beers, depending on his or her preference. I should start by defining pumpkin beers. These beverages are often made with a mixture of pumpkin and autumn spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, among others. I typically find these drinks to be very unbalanced and gimmicky, being too much like other malt beverages than real beer. But given the varieties at this festival—30 different beers, eight made by Cambridge itself—I got excited to give pumpkin beers another shot. I started with Spinal Pumpkin, an 11.5 percent alcohol barley wine that had been aged for 2 years. This beer was delicious; you couldn’t taste the alcohol, and there was a nice blend of spice and pumpkin with a sweet,
malty backbone. This was a great start to the evening. Next I moved onto the O.P.P., a sour pumpkin porter also from 2008. This beer began with a subtle mix of chocolate and sweet pumpkin tastes which quickly switched over to a sour punch that lingered on the tongue. This beer was aged for 2 years with bacteria that gives the beer its pungent finish. I will talk more about sour beers next week, when I attend Beeradvocate’s Belgian Beer Fest. I then sat down for dinner. Pumpkin Fest boasted numerous pumpkin dishes, each paired with locally produced food. As I waited for my dinner, I enjoyed Cambridge Black Magic, a pumpkin stout with chilis and chocolate. I have never had a chili beer before, and this one gave me a good impression. The drink tasted like a chocolate stout that finished with a bit of a kick. The spice was perfectly balanced by the pumpkin flavor that kept it from getting overbearing. As I enjoyed the beer, my dinner was served. I had a pumpkin
ale and honey-glazed Long Island duck breast, curried parsnip puree, roasted bosc pear and sautéed swiss chard. The dish was well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. All the flavors blended perfectly together, and the duck was amazing. At $19, the dish was a bit on the pricey side, but it was well worth splurging because it kept me full for the rest of the night. Next was Dogfish Head Punkin. This beer was a traditional pumpkin ale and gave off an overpowering pumpkin flavor. While not terrible, among all the beers I had tried, this was the weakest. It embodied everything I don’t like about the pumpkin-beer style. After this came the Alchemist Uncle Daddy. This beer was a Saison, a lighter Belgian style known for its yeast flavors, and it blended a subtle pumpkin flavor with the typical peppery citrus yeast notes. This was a wonderfully executed beer; it was tasty and enjoyable. Over the course of the night, CBC tapped several very rare kegs of beer. The most-notable and best beer at the festival, was Allagash Ghoul-
ship, which was tapped near the end of the night. This was a sour, unseasoned pumpkin ale that was aged for 2 years in an oak barrel. The mix of pumpkin texture and sour and wineflavored oak made this one tasty brew. Everything blended perfectly, and it certainly goes in my short list of best beers I’ve ever had. The night concluded with the tapping of the great pumpkin. CBC filled a pumpkin with its Great Pumpkin Ale and served it right from the pumpkin. It was a nearreligious procession that carried on outside the bar, with bar workers donning monk garb and hauling the pumpkin out to the serving area. While the drink itself was nothing particularly life-changing, it was probably one of the coolest ways I’ve ever been served a beer. Overall, CBC Pumpkin Fest was a wonderful experience that made for a memorable Halloween night. No matter if you are an aficionado or just starting out with beer, there was something for everyone, and I highly recommend this festival when it happens next year.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
‘Toy Story 3’ brings childhood magic to DVD today ■ The highest-grossing film
of 2010 thus far comes to DVD and Blu-ray today with a lot of interesting extras. By BRYAN FLATT JUSTICE EDITOR
Few movies have stuck with me 15 years after they have been released. While many great films such as Se7en, Apollo 13 and GoldenEye were released in 1995, there is only one I can vividly remember seeing. That film was called Toy Story, and it revolutionized animated films forever. Now this may not be much of a surprise considering I was only 5 years old in 1995 and cannot remember much more than chasing my sister Dana down the hallways of our new house, but from the loveable characters to the catchy songs and adorable plotline, I credit more than a shoddy memory to my fascination with the film. And clearly it wasn’t just me. Toy Story, Disney/Pixar’s first film, became a critical and commercial success as the second-highest-grossing film of the year. This gave birth to a sequel just 3 years later that was, yet again, met with rave reviews. Just when we thought that Disney/Pixar had moved on to wholly original works with such films as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Up, I was enthused and surprised to find out this past summer that Toy Story 3 was officially being released. And, yet again, I wasn’t the only one. As expected, Pixar struck gold with an endearing plotline, flawless animation and relationships that make us all feel young again. The result was a 99-percent fresh rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes (with only three “rotten” reviews out of 242) and the spot as the current number one grosser of 2010. The film is being released on Disney/ Pixar Blu-Ray and DVD today, and I expect it to be just as well received as it was in theaters. Why? Because there is so much incredibly engaging content included on the discs, from interactive all-ages trivia to trips inside the studio explaining just how each character was crafted and recrafted, created and recreated to become the fun-loving bunch we see on screen. Toy Story 3 is a sequel unlike Toy Story 2 because it acknowledges the time we have spent away from Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang. The film begins with a fast-paced, playful reminder of the good ol’ days of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 where the toys were all used together and played with by Andy
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LOVEABLE BUNCH: The core characters from the historic ‘Toy Story’ franchise are back in action as they try to get from day care to their owner Andy’s room in ‘Toy Story 3’. in a slew of genre-crossing hijinks and adventures. The joy of the memory, though, is met with a harsh reality—11 years later, a much-older Andy is packing up and getting ready to go off to college. We see his toys, all of which are back with their original voice actors, stuck in a toy box feeling dejected and bored. As Andy is cleaning out his room full of many memories, he puts all of his toys in an unlabeled bag for the attic—a bag that is mistakenly delivered by his mom to a day-care center. The only toy not included is Woody, a toy Andy describes as “my pal for as long as I can remember. … He’ll never give up on you ever; he’ll be there no matter what.” As Woody is placed in the college box, he sees his fellow friends and toys mistakenly thrown away, and true to his aforementioned nature runs to save them. All the toys end up being brought to the day-care center, and Woody must convince them, among all the many other new good-and-bad toys they meet (including the cuddly villain Lotso and the hilarious pretty boy Ken), that they were not abandoned and they need to work together to return home. What ensues is the same heartwarming fun, incredible animation and flawlessly composed music by Randy Newman that audiences fell in love with twice
already. Needless to say, as a sequel, the film is just as good, if not better, than the original—one that no matter what age you are, you will certainly enjoy. While the film ends there, the Bluray and DVD leaves hours of special features for the Toy Story fanatics to enjoy. For those who weren’t able to catch the film in theatres, both the Blu-ray and DVD feature the 6-minute short “Day & Night” that preceded the film. The short takes place on a basic black background and, in classic Pixar fashion, takes two sketched characters and intricately fills in the blank background with scenes of day and night inside of them. The short revels in the idea of discovery of the unknown and, like the children inside all of us, explores the playful idea of reimagining something we thought we knew in a positive different context. The Blu-ray disc features a “making of” that gives excellent insight into both the animated and ideological ideas that went into making the short. What it truly provides, though, is a look into how hard every member at Pixar works to ensure quality, no matter how long the project is. There are two commentary tracks— one an interesting look into the creative process behind the film with
Cine-Explore/Filmmaker’s Commentary by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson, the other an interactive script reading that puts screenwriter Michael Arndt’s words literally over the final cut they evolved into. For further insight, Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) analyzes how to create a successful opening scene and script through the lens of other successful Pixar films and engaging [basic] animation in his special feature “Beginnings.” JustArts had the chance to ask Arndt questions as a part of a Disney virtual press junket. He imparted some interesting advice throughout the conversation, such as his admission that “pretty much the entire time I was writing the script (three years), I was afraid I wasn’t writing to the ‘Pixar standard,’” and that, “[Pixar tries] to make the stories and the characters feel as real as possible, and having the actors use their own voices is very much part of that. That helps (we hope) to give the movies a timeless appeal.” It’s clear through all the features that not only did he achieve the standard but that he has helped set the bar even higher for future projects. The remaining special features (and, boy, there are a lot) include an interactive trivia dash, Buzz Lightyear mission logs (a short clip that
was created with NASA to hilariously and remarkably explain space travel and research in a way that is both understandable and relatable to children and adults alike), three hilarious hand-drawn animations called Studio Stories, Ken’s dating tips, commercials for Lotso, Dancing with the Stars at Pixar, a look into the returning voice talent and their experiences with the trilogy, “Toys!”, an in-depth explanation of how the creative team updated the classic characters and created new ones, and so much more. Seriously, that only covered about half of it. Without a doubt, the Blu-ray and DVD is one of the most expansive I have ever seen. Though there are no deleted scenes or bloopers, the amount of additional content provided is enough to warrant the purchase for all Pixar fans. The fact that it comes with the film in three formats (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy) truly makes this a must-buy. Toy Story 3 is a film that all ages can fall in love with and one that retains its beauty through every viewing. While we have to say, “So long, partner,” to the series, it’s still great to know we can relive the moments again and again. After all, no matter how old we get, there’s still a little child in all of us—something the entire Toy Story trilogy helps us remember.
Taylor Swift’s newest album deals with heartbreak, love ■ Though her songs are
laden with redundancy, Taylor Swift’s new album ‘Speak Now’ is full of well-crafted tracks and melodies. By TAYLOR BAKER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
I wonder when Taylor Swift will run out of ways to say the same thing. Actually, she might have already. Swift’s new album, Speak Now, revisits a lot of the same themes from her two previous albums—heartbreak, importance of childhood, newfound love, etc.—but she has still managed to produce an album that’s quick, clever and contains very intimate, albeit simple, narratives. Since the release of her first album in 2006, Swift has taken the world by storm, coming in a flurry of songs with a cutesy, semi-country twang and easy sing-along narratives that reveal much more about her ex-love interests than they would like. Although initially beginning her career as a country music artist, Swift has garnered mass appeal, winning VMAs and Grammys. But what makes her music so appealing? Speak Now is relentless; it’s song after song of pop confections with dashes of country and rock. This is why Swift can produce songs that essentially say the same thing and sound similar—why her songs will always draw people in. No matter what she does, she commits to it 100 percent. I have never doubted Swift in any of her songs, not for a second, and Speak Now
is no different. The exultant choruses, bursts of electric guitars and painstakingly honest and revealing lyrics all contribute to the nearly overwhelming nature of this album. Each song is well crafted; whatever flaws you may find in her album—redundancy, tendency to squeeze too many syllables into one measure, pitchy voice—are overshadowed by her infectious passion and commitment to every single word and note. An example of Swift’s tireless commitment is the opening song, “Mine.” It’s a pretty cliché narrative of two jaded lovers who somehow move past all obstacles. Swift, however, makes it interesting and just plain fun. She belts every word, pushing the song higher and higher, up to a point when even the bridge doesn’t feel like a break from the rest of the song. Another example is “The Story of Us.” The song opens with a quick drumbeat that carries the tension within a failed relationship. It sounds consistently upbeat, which intensifies Swift’s earnest pleas to an ex and is a prime example of how she is able to bring you in with something that sounds sunny. However, this song is also an example of Swift’s redundancy, since its content is very similar to another song on her album, “Last Kiss.” Swift really shines on this album when she takes a break from the fastpaced songs and switches to a slower and more intimate pace. “Never Grow Up” is a perfect example of this. The song is the most organic on the album and it’s simple—just Swift and a guitar. Although reminiscent of “The Best Day” from her previous album,
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HEARTBREAK WARFARE: Swift sings about love lost and found on her new album. Fearless, this song is just too timid and sweet to brush off as a regurgitation of material. Another slower song that is notable is “Dear John,” a song rumored to be about the relationship she had with John Mayer. Listening to the song, you can feel Swift’s pain and the slow ache the supposed relationship caused, especially as a guitar interjects here and there with resonant vibrato notes. It’s painstakingly honest,
but with Mayer as a factor, the song becomes that much more painfully beautiful to listen to. However, Swift takes a misstep with “Better Than Revenge,” a downright malicious song that seems to be in contest with the message of the rest of her album. Swift often likes to stand up for the underdog and even has a song about bullying on this album titled “Mean.” In “Better Than Revenge,”
a song that sounds like something Avril Lavigne would record (a good thing, right?), Swift basically calls a girl a stuck-up, boyfriend-stealing slut (rumored to be a reference to Camilla Belle, for whom Swift’s ex, Joe Jonas, left her) and uses the song as a means of revenge. And while the subject of the song may be a stuck-up, boyfriendstealing slut, there seems to be a bit of hypocrisy in the song. The attitude of the song does not seem congruent with her usual songs, because while she has written songs about those that have hurt her, she has never blatantly insulted them. This song felt extremely malicious and immature, and it made we wonder where the line is for Swift’s tell-all songwriting. Furthermore, Swift has some downright cheesy songs. “Haunted” is an overly dramatic, semi-rock opera gone wrong. I would say this is the one song in which Swift’s tireless efforts to belt out the lyrics are too much. And “Enchanted” gets lost in the album because it is too generic and too closely mirrors, “Sparks Fly,” another song on the album. Although Swift’s album is fun and enjoyable, I can’t help but wonder when she’ll have to leave the starryeyed persona and move onto something more mature. In Speak Now, it seems as if some of her songs have regressed; they are more juvenile lyrically and instrumentally. It’d be interesting to see her take on more of the folk/country sound that appears in “Mean.” Until that day, Speak Now will suffice with its teenage charm, honest but simple lyrics and infectious, catchy melodies.
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TRIVIA TIME 1. What was the first name of Mr. Spock’s mother in Star Trek? 2. What is Florida’s official state flower? 3. Who once said, “If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else”? 4. Which architect’s winter residence was called Taliesin West? 5. How many sides does an octagon have? 6. Where is the humerus bone located? 7. What is a “one-armed bandit”? 8. What does the Latin prefix “lacto” mean? 9. Which president said, “I’m the president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli”?
CHARTS Top 10s for the week ending Oct. 31 BOX OFFICE 1. Saw 3D 2. Paranormal Activity 2 3. Red 4. Jackass 3D 5. Hereafter 6. Secretariat 7. The Social Network 8. Life as We Know It 9. The Town 10. Conviction
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MARVELOUS CITY: The Toronto Harbourfront is just one of the many incredible sights one has a chance to experience when visiting the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. No matter the season, seeing clear skies over a reflective stream of water emphasizes the mystique of this great city. Eh?
ANSWERS 1. Amanda 2. Orange blossom 3. Yogi Berra 4. Frank Lloyd Wright 5. Eight 6. Upper arm 7. Slot machine (gambling) 8. Milk 9. George H.W. Bush Sr.
CROSSWORD SHOWTIMES 11/05–11/11
The Town Fri-Sun:1:00, 3:45, 6:40, 9:25 Mon-Thurs: 2:00, 4:50, 7:40
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Fri-Sun: 1:20, 4:35, 8:00 Mon-Thurs: 2:50, 7:30
Stone Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:05, 7:00, 9:35 Mon-Thurs: 2:30, 5:00, 8:10
Paranormal Activity 2 Fri-Sun: 1:50, 4:25, 7:20, 9:45 Mon-Tues: 2:20, 5:00, 8:00
Morning Glory Wed-Thurs: 2:20, 5:00, 8:00
The Social Network Fri-Sun: 1:10, 3:55, 6:50, 9:30 Mon-Thurs: 2:10, 4:50, 7:50
Due Date Fri-Sun: 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Mon-Thurs: 2:40, 5:10, 8:20
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ACROSS 1. Long story 5. Wander about 8. Unembellished 12. Winged 13. Bruins legend 14. Skater’s leap 15. “Melancholy Baby” start 17. Wound cover 18. Wailed like a banshee 19. Safe and sound 21. Moreover 22. Sailor’s septet 23. Pussycat’s partner 26. Bill 28. Treat for Tabby 31. Coral structure 33. Addressee 35. BBs and such 36. Part of a Santa costume 38. PC program, for short 40. Eternity 41. Tidy 43. Jewel 45. Friends role 47. Shriveled grape 51. Settle down 52. “Dunno” 54. Ticklish Muppet 55. Young fellow 56. Tears 57. Consider 58. Exist 59. Brewer’s oven DOWN 1. Bag 2. Burn aid 3. Ready for action 4. Sports venue 5. Paul Harvey signoff 6. Branch 7. Frock 8. Lash enhancement 9. “Oops” 10. Bring up 11. North Sea feeder 16. Mobile home? 20. Common Mkt. 23. Sphere
1. Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait” 2. Belle and Sebastian – “I Want The World To Stop” 3. Blonde Redhead – “Getting There” 4. Chiddy Bang – “Bad Boy” 5. The Drums – “Best Friend” 6. Matt and Kim – “Cameras” 7. Kanye West – “Monster” 8. Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked” 9. Fake Problems – “Songs for Teenagers” 10. Twin Shadow – “When We’re Dancing”
COLLEGE RADIO 1. Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love 2. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest 3. Eskmo – Eskmo 4. Tom Zé – Estuando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza 5. Tu Fawning – Hearts on Hold 6. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern 7. Junior Wells & the Aces – Live in Boston 1966 8. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone 9. Sharon Van Etten – Epic 10. No Age – Everything in Between
24. Teensy 25. Bill Withers’ biggest hit 27. Slithery squeezer 29. Latin 101 word 30. Calendar abbr. 32. License 34. Better model 37. Apply lightly 39. Bartlett or Bosc 42. Electrical coil inventor 44. Itty-bitty 45. Begged 46. Gilligan’s Island cast member 48. Actor LaBeouf 49. Mischievous tykes 50. Egg container 53. Corn spike
1. Sugarland – The Incredible Machine 2. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown 3. Elton John/Leon Russell – The Union 4. Rod Stewart – Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 5 5. Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being 6. Soundtrack – The Rocky Horror Glee Show 7. Shakira – Sale El Sol 8. Eminem – Recovery 9. Third Day – Move 10. Darius Rucker – Charleston, SC Album information provided by Billboard Magazine. Box office information provided by Yahoo! Movies. Radio charts provided by CMJ
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“Buried Treasure” By NATHANIEL FREEDMAN JUSTICE PHOTOGRAPHER
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STRANGE BUT TRUE It was British playwright Tom Stoppard who made the following observation: “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.”
some 70,000 people homeless. It also provided the impetus for the beginning of the insurance industry. After the conflagration, Nicholas Barbon, a well-to-do doctor, realized how much of his wealth was flammable. A year after the Great Fire, he began the world’s first insurance company.
You’ve probably had some experience with hail at some point in your life, but probably not with hail like this: The heaviest recorded hailstone in the world fell in Bangladesh in 1986; it weighed a whopping 2.25 pounds. The largest hailstone, which fell earlier this year in South Dakota, measured 8 inches in diameter. Be glad your car—or your head—wasn’t in the way.
The men and women who venture into space have to adapt themselves to changing environments both when they enter space and when they return home. Many astronauts and cosmonauts say that one of the most difficult things to adjust to when returning to earth from space is the fact that when you let go of something, it falls to the ground.
William Henry Harrison, the country’s sixth commander-in-chief, had the shortest tenure of any United States president. He died of pneumonia just 32 days after taking office.
If you’re a longtime football fan, you might not be surprised to learn that between 1983 and 2006, the average weight of NFL players rose by 10 percent.
In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed 13,200 homes, 87 parish churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and it left
Thought for the Day: “Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe. —Jackie Mason
One thing I’ve discovered about music is that sometimes obscure bands can be just as good as or better than many well-known and widely praised groups. Some of the bands in this playlist you may have heard of; some you almost certainly have not. I enjoy listening to all of them. THE LIST 1. Television – “Marquee Moon” 2. The Kinks – “Shangri-La” 3. A Camp – “I Can Buy You” 4. Guster – “Architects & Engineers” 5. Tally Hall – “Taken For a Ride” 6. Copper Tree – “Mary’s Song” 7. Sparks – “Fletcher Honorama” 8. Roxy Music – “A Song For Europe” 9. Malbec – “Stranded in the Spotlight” 10. Brian Eno – “Spider and I”
Published on Nov 1, 2010