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Volume LXIII, Number 8
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wabash representatives visit campus GSAS
reports FY ’10 surplus
■ Partial results of the
study were released to the community while focus groups met with students. By MARIELLE TEMKIN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
At last Thursday’s faculty meeting, Charles Blaich, a representative from the Wabash College Center of Inquiry, which performed a study designed to assess the effects of liberal arts education, made a presentation explaining the results of Wabash survey— which were partially released on Oct. 5—to the faculty. Representatives from the survey also spoke to Brandeis students in focus groups in order to get a more in-depth look at the findings. According to its website, the Wabash National Study is a longitudinal study that looks into the way in which seven critical factors—critical thinking, integration of learning, leadership, moral reasoning, interest in and attitudes about diversity, need for cognition and integration of learning and well-being—affect a liberal arts education. The Class of 2012 was surveyed in fall 2008 and spring 2009 and will be surveyed again in spring 2012, when the students will be seniors. In an interview with the Justice, Provost Marty Krauss said that the University decided to do the survey—which was funded by Wabash—in the first place because it was a chance to be part of a national longitudinal study that would possibly provide the administrators with some insight as to how the students at Brandeis learn. “We are a learning institu-
■ By admitting fewer Ph.D.
candidates the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences fully reduced its deﬁcit. By HARRY SHIPPS JUSTICE SENIOR WRITER
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences posted a budget surplus of nearly $2 million in fiscal 2010, up from a budget deficit of $1.77 million in fiscal 2009, which can be attributed to an increase in the number of students admitted to master’s programs and a decrease in the number of admitted Ph.D. candidates. In an interview with the Justice, Prof. Malcolm Watson (PSYCH) explained that master’s students pay tuition but that Ph.D. students at Brandeis, like at most universities, receive tuition remission and a stipend from the University, which “costs the University a lot of money.” Watson said the decision to make changes to the number of admitted students was made during the worst of the financial crisis when the administration of the GSAS was worried about losing the school entirely. “The graduate program, for the most part, has always functioned in the red,” said Watson, “but we couldn’t sustain that.” The GSAS currently has 923 graduate students, according to Watson. “Out of that number, 529 are Ph.D. students and 394 are master’s students, and we had a total of 355 students who matriculated this fall,” said Watson. He continued to say that for the current academic year, there were 1,117 Ph.D. applications of which 16 percent were accepted (a total of 178 students) and there were 1,120 master’s applicants of which 48 percent were accepted (a total of 537 students). “These were significant increases from previous years,” said Watson. Watson said that he expected the number of applicants to continue to rise and that while the school may accept slightly more applicants next
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NATIONAL STUDY: Charles Blaich of the Wabash College Center of Inquiry presents the results at the Oct. 7 faculty meeting. tion, so we want to learn how well we’re doing, and we want to learn how we can positively affect students’ intellectual growth while they’re here.” In an interview with the Justice,
Krauss said that the results involving diversity experiences were “gratifying,” while they were going to have to “reflect” on the results relating to faculty-student interactions. According to the
results, 72 percent of Brandeis students who participated in the survey have “had serious conversations with students who are very different from them in terms of
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Three members resign from Student Union ■ Although the resignations
occurred simultaneously, the students cited separate reasons for their decisions. By TYLER BELANGA JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Student Union Director of Special Events Linda Li ’13, Director of Community Advocacy J.V. Souffrant ’13, and Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees Supreetha Gubbala ’12 will be stepping down from their positions in the Student Union, according to an Oct. 5 Union press release.
According to Union President Daniel Acheampong ’11, elections will be held as soon as possible to fill Gubbala’s position, while members of the Executive Board of the Student Union will work to continue Li’s and Souffrant’s projects. The retirees said their respective decisions to step down from their positions were not coordinated and were not attributed to any sort of discord within the Student Union. All three former Union members said they had their own personal reasons for giving up their posts and believed it was best to move on at this time. Li, who was elected as the director of special events at the beginning of this academic year, wrote in an e-
mail interview with the Justice, “I stepped down because I have other priorities, and I knew I would be unable to give this particular new role my 110%.” Li explained that her primary responsibility in that role was acting as a Union representative to Jump Start, a campus organization responsible for planning events on campus. Li previously served as Senator for Massell Quad during the 2009 to 2010 academic year. Despite feeling obligated to step down, Li had only positive things to write about her time serving as Director of Special Events. “I love the Student Union,” wrote Li, “and I want to acknowledge and emphasize that the Union is a resource for all
students, and open to all students. … I encourage students to take advantage of the Union and get involved.” Gubbala could not be reached for comment by press time. However, she wrote in a letter to Acheampong nd Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees Heddy BenAtar ’11 that her decision to step down was based on a recent job offer she received from a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter in Boston. “I truly cannot see how I can pass up such a golden opportunity to actually experience the work I am passionate about,” she wrote. Gubbala also served last fall as Director of Academic Affairs.
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Students sleep out
■ Lamine Touré and Group Saloum will stay at Brandeis for 4 days as part of a music series.
■ The men’s soccer team defeated University of Rochester 1-0 last Saturday.
■ Students slept on the Great Lawn last Thursday as part of an environmental activism effort.
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Eight students report encountering credit card fraud in IBS eatery Eight students have reported claims of credit card fraud as of late this afternoon after eating at Domenic’s Café in the International Business School, according to Senior Vice President for Administration Mark Collins. Collins sent an e-mail to the Brandeis community yesterday about these reports. According to the e-mail, “The Brandeis Office of Public Safety is currently investigating several complaints of alleged credit card fraud impacting students at the Brandeis International Business School.” Collins wrote in an e-mail to the Justice that these reports of credit card fraud were received this morning and were “immediately followed up by Public Safety.” Ed Callahan, the director of Public Safety, could not be reached for comment by press time. The e-mail also explains that all reports occurred at Domenic’s Café in IBS and that the “managers of the cafe are assisting with the investigation.” When asked if students were advised to refrain from eating at Domenic’s, Collins wrote that the “credit card machine has been shut off and removed for further investigation.”
Medical Emergency Oct. 9—University Police received a report of an intoxicated female in Usen Castle. BEMCo treated the party on-scene with a signed refusal for further care. Oct. 9—A party in the Shapiro Campus Center requested BEMCo assistance because her knee may have been dislocated. BEMCo treated the party on-scene with a signed refusal for further care. Oct. 10—BEMCo requested an ambulance to transport an intoxicated 17-year-old female from the Usdan Student Center to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Larceny Oct. 10—Two individuals reported that two items were stolen items from a party they had attended earlier in the evening in the Foster Mods. A University Police officer was dispatched to take statements from the individuals and compile a report on the thefts.
Disturbance Oct. 5—A party in Reitman Hall notified University Police that he believed someone or something was hitting his window or a pipe that goes through his room. Upon Uni-
versity Police arrival, it was concluded that it was the heat going through the pipes in his room that was making the knocking sound. No further action was taken.
Vandalism Oct. 4—University Police received a call from the University electrician who stated that the inside of the elevator in Ridgewood B had been vandalized. University Police compiled a report on the incident.
Miscellaneous Oct. 7—During the course of a fire alarm system test in Rosenthal North, the Department of Community Living noted drug paraphernalia in one of the rooms. University Police confiscated the item and compiled a report. University Judicial charges will be filed by the community development coordinator for the residence hall. Oct. 8—University Police found six females passing out leaflets for the River Church in Waltham. All individuals were issued a “no trespass” verbal warning by University Police.’
—compiled by Fiona Lockyer
SENATE LOG Senate plans to release survey to students about cage-free eggs At the Oct. 10 meeting, the Student Union Senate failed to pass a Senate Money Resolution to authorize $500 toward food costs associated with the upcoming Athletics Homecoming Weekend, taking place between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. The resolution, introduced by Linda Li ’13, who is working with the Student Union Executive Board, suggested that the costs should be covered because the “Brandeis community should support our student athletes,” and the weekend events, which include soccer and volleyball matches, provide the Senate an opportunity to “reach out to its constituency.” Senators expressed concern about funding the event because they were unsure of the current budget situation of the Senate and the effect of upcoming costs, including the Turkey Shuttle and the Midnight Buffet. Also at the meeting, the Senate voted to approve a plan to send out a survey to students regarding the proposal to switch to cage-free eggs in University dining facilities. According to the draft submitted by Executive Senator and Senator for the Class of 2012 Abby Kulawitz, the questions on the survey are “Would you support Brandeis Dining Services switching to serving and purchasing exclusively cage-free eggs?” and “Would you support a switch if it entailed an increase in the cost of the meal plan amounting to roughly $5 per semester?” Currently, cage-free eggs are not used in making other foods, such as baked goods, and students who wish to have omelets or other egg-based dishes made with cagefree eggs must specifically ask for them. Co-chair of the Campus Operations Working Group Nipun Marwaha ’12 presented on behalf of COW-G. He described the mission of the group, which is to handle issues ranging from student complaints about conditions in their rooms to the replacement of furniture in communal spaces and other building and structural issues. Marwaha asked senators to submit lists of problems that they or their constituents observed around campus.
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CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS An article in News did not include one of the recently elected Student Union Senators. Rosby KomeMensah II ’14 will serve as the Senator for Massell Quad. (Oct. 5, p. 2) The Justice welcomes submissions for errors that warrant correction or clarification. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Allie Joseph and Hannah Blumberg ’12 took part in the Student Activities cake decorating contest. Plain cakes were provided and students were able to competitively decorate them with their peers.
Brandeis and Harvard chair Middle Eastern talk series Prof. Shai Feldman (POL), the director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, and member of the Board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University Prof. Nicholas Burns are co-chairing a new series of talks concerning issues in the Middle East region titled the CrownBelfer Middle East Seminar series. These talks involve expert scholars from Brandeis University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Boston University and Boston College. The talks thus far have featured speakers such as Ahmet Davun lu, the foreign minister of Turkey, who spoke Sept. 29 at the series’ inauguration, and Tzipi Livni, the leader of the Israeli opposition party, who spoke on Oct. 5, both at the Harvard Faculty Club, according to both BrandeisNOW and the Belfer Center’s website. In an interview with the Justice, Feldman explained that future speakers include Marwan Muasher, the former foreign minister of Jordan and current vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment; Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research; and Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal, a former ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ireland and the U.S. Feldman said that these speakers are to come in November, but the official schedule has not been set. Because of the high-profile status of the individuals featured in the talks, Feldman said that the seminars are not open or publicized to the students or the general public. “[The seminar] is really geared specifically for the expert community,” explained Feldman. The meetings are small, no more than 30 people, and consist mostly of scholars with expertise in Middle Eastern issues and some Ph.D. students. Burns, who has served as a key American diplomat and is now a professor of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been involved with implementing the seminars along with Feldman and Graham Allison, the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Burns could not be reached for comment by press time. “We tried to create kind of a marriage between the Crown Center and the Kennedy Center,” said Feldman in an interview with the Justice. Feldman says a working union exists between Brandeis and Harvard because of Brandeis’ expertise and Harvard’s location and prestige. Feldman explained that the goal of the seminar series is to create a long-term forum and “permanent meeting place” where experts on the Middle East in the Boston area can join and provide information to each other. The small number of attendees is designed to promote a “high degree of interaction.” Topics include the Arab-Israeli conflict, the nation of Iran, the future of Turkish policies, reform, economical development and any other issues that concern the Middle Eastern region.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Teach For America interview preparation workshop Learn how to prepare an effective application and how to interview effectively for the Teach For America program. This session will be hosted by Dean of the Hiatt Career Center Joseph Du Pont, who served as the vice president of career services for 5 years at Teach For America. Today from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Hiatt Career Center.
they will answer questions. This event is sponsored by Stand With Us and co-sponsored by Brandeis Zionist Alliance. Today from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
Writing a powerful statement for Graduate/Law school
Andrea Dupress from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will discuss the Kepler satellite mission. This talk is a part of the Physics Department colloquium. Today from 4 to 5 p.m. in Abelson-Bass-Yalem 131.
While entrance exams are certainly important, one of the most powerful ways to distinguish yourself as an applicant is your personal statement. The workshops will offer strategies for responding to the questions posed and how to get started and then polish, important statement writing. Tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hiatt Career Center.
“I am an Israeli Solidier”
Come hear two Israeli soldiers speak about their experiences in the Israeli army. They will talk about their personal experiences in the Israeli Army, including during Operation Cast Lead (December 2009) and the Second Lebanon War (July 2006). They will also discuss their backgrounds and life in Israel, and
Ricardo Godoy, Professor of International Development in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, presents “Seven Heresies in Anthropology: Findings from an On-Going Multidisciplinary Longitudinal Study of Native Amazonians in Bolivia.” Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Heller G3.
Martin Weiner Lecture Series
Latin America and Spain study abroad information session Come to this information session to hear about different program options in Spain and Latin America to make a better-informed decision. Study abroad returnees and a resident director from a program in Latin America will be presenting. Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in Usdan 122.
Fall Fest bingo night Come play this timeless game, which is a favorite among Brandeis students! It’s a great way to ease into the weekend and win great prizes along the way! Sponsored by Student Actvities. Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight in Ollie’s Eatery.
Fall Fest walk on the boardwalk Join Student Activities and step into a modern version of Atlantic City. Play some cards, get classic boardwalk food, enjoy performances and take in all of the excitement! Friday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.
Committee forms job descriptions criteria will be used to ﬁll Marty Krauss’ and Jean Eddy’s respective positions. By NASHRAH RAHMAN JUSTICE EDITOR
The Brandeis Administrative Structure Advisory Committee, an ad hoc committee tasked with evaluating administrative structures and duties, has begun to develop job descriptions for the positions of provost and senior vice president for students and enrollment, wrote committee chair and Dean of the Heller School Lisa Lynch in an e-mail to the Justice. Lynch wrote in her e-mail that the committee has focused on three areas to develop the two job descriptions. According to Lynch’s e-mail, these areas are: “A list of key issues facing the senior positions being vacated; ... possible organizational changes that might promote greater collaboration of effort across the University; ... [and] specific characteristics for the Provost and Senior VP for Students and Enrollment that would help ensure the best strategic leadership for the academic, instructional, research, and student experience at Brandeis.” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marty Krauss will step down from her current position by June 2011, according to an Aug. 31 campuswide e-mail from University President Jehuda Reinharz. Krauss, who was previously a professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, will resume working at the Heller School after taking a 1-year sabbatical. Former Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment Jean Eddy left at the end of last month to take a position at the Rhode Island School of Design, according to an Aug. 16 campuswide e-mail from Reinharz. Vice President for Enrollment Keenyn McFarlane and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer are currently overseeing offices that compose the Division of Students and Enrollment. According to a Sept. 24 campuswide e-mail from Lynch, Reinharz will not begin the search for the next provost or the senior vice president for Students and Enrollment before the committee submits its recommendations and Reinharz has consulted with the Faculty Senate and the University Advisory Council. Lynch wrote in her e-mail to the Justice that the committee is on track for submitting its recommendations by the beginning of November so that the search process for the two positions can begin. “Because of this timetable, our goal is not to conduct a comprehen-
sive review of all administrative structures, but rather to identify key issues and potential incremental organizational changes that will inform the search process for these two positions,” Lynch wrote in her Sept. 24 campuswide e-mail. Lynch wrote in her e-mail to the Justice that the committee has compiled “benchmark information” regarding the role of the provost from a recent survey of chief academic officers conducted by the American Council on Education. She also wrote that the committee has compiled a list of different organizational structures for both positions from colleges and universities across the country. “One finding of this benchmarking is that in the vast majority of doctoral granting institutions the Provost is the 2nd ranking member of the senior administration (82% in private doctoral and 86% in public doctoral). In addition, the movement to provide a more integrated approach to meet students’ needs from admissions through graduation is something we have seen across many other institutions,” Lynch wrote in her e-mail to the Justice. Lynch wrote in her e-mail to the Justice that the committee has also met with the Student Advisory Committee to the Brandeis Administrative Structure Advisory Committee. “This student-led advisory group has organized surveys of undergraduate and graduate students on the University’s administrative structure that well over 200 students have participated in so far. We met with this advisory group last week to learn about the results of these surveys and to discuss more generally what works well and what could work even better in terms of student support services at Brandeis,” Lynch wrote in her e-mail to the Justice. In addition, Chair of the Faculty Senate Prof. Tim Hickey (COSI) said at last Thursday’s faculty meeting that the Senate is looking at how other institutions conduct their search processes for provost. In an interview with the Justice, Hickey said that according to the Faculty Handbook, when the position of provost is vacant, the president must meet with the Faculty Senate and the University Advisory Council in order “to determine a process for selecting the next provost.” Hickey said that the Senate is considering questions related to the structure of the committee that is going to conduct the search process for the next provost. “So we’re building a list of questions and we’re trying to find out what other schools are doing,” Hickey said. Hickey said that the Faculty Senate will meet with Reinharz in early November after the Brandeis Administrative Structure Advisory Committee has submitted its recommendations to determine the search process.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
■ The ad hoc committee’s
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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Students slept on the Great Lawn to promote Massachusetts’ transition to clean electricity by 2020.
SJSF organizes sleep out to promote clean electricity ■ Nineteen students spent
last Thursday night in tents in an effort to advocate for environmental legislation. By LEAH IGDALSKY JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Last Thursday, approximately 70 students joined the members of Students for Environmental Action for its first “sleep out” event of the year, spending the night in tents on the Great Lawn in an effort to promote the Act to Create a Repower Massachusetts Emergency Task Force, a proposed legislative act that would create a task force to make Massachusetts run on 100percent clean electricity by 2020. Approximately 19 students spent the night sleeping in five tents. Students for a Just and Stable Future, one of SEA’s campaign groups as well as a member of the statewide SJSF organization, planned the event. According to its website, SJSF is a student-led, volunteer network that is working towards creating solutions to the climate crisis. The Brandeis SJSF group, which works under the umbrella of SEA, is also a member of the SJSF organization’s Metro West chapter. SJSF Campus Coordinator Dorian Williams ’13 said that sleep
outs are a “go-to tactic” for SJSF. In an interview with the Justice, she explained the purpose of the sleep out, saying, “We refuse to sleep in dorms and houses that are powered by dirty electricity.” During the sleep out, the improvisational comedy group TBA performed a series of improv games, and the performances were interspersed with what they called “words from our sponsors.” These sponsors included representatives from on-campus clubs like NaturaLiving and the Pakistani Relief Group. Members of the Pakistani Relief Group sold bracelets at the event, with all funds benefiting victims of the floods that have devastated Pakistan since July. Members of the Real Food club also tabled at the event and encouraged students to sign a petition asking the school to convert to cage-free eggs. In an interview with the Justice, SEA Webmaster Coleman Mahler ’13 explained that members of SEA and SJSF hope to incorporate more collaboration with other likeminded Brandeis associations into their work this year. Later during the night, Executive Staffperson of Students for a Just and Stable Future Craig Altemose addressed the participating students, telling them, “If you care about anything in the world, this [stopping climate change] is your
fight.” He also mentioned some of the weather disasters of the past year, from the Pakistani flood to the heat wave in Russia over the summer. While he noted that certain specific weather events cannot be directly linked to climate change, he also presented his opinion that if the world’s energy consumption patterns continue in their current direction, natural disasters and catastrophes could occur with increased frequency. This event was SJSF’s third sleep out on campus, following two that were held last year. According to Williams, the group has tried to grow and improve from its past sleep out efforts; by including more activities, speakers and performers during the night, the group hoped to make more of an “event,” drawing in students who might not otherwise be interested in or aware of environmental issues. In an interview with the Justice, Jenny Lau ’14 said she attended the event, explaining she decided to try the sleep out after hearing about it through an e-mail and fliers. “I liked that different student clubs, like the Pakistani Relief group, came out to support this event, instead of just the environmental groups.” When asked if she would attend another sleep out, Lau replied, “I would definitely come again due to the enthusiasm of the organizer.”
Public Safety investigating larceny incidents in the Castle ■ The Department of Public
Safety is also working with Facilities to implement more security measures. By ALANA ABRAMSON JUSTICE EDITOR
The Department of Public Safety is currently conducting an investigation in response to the four thefts that occurred in the Usen Castle last week, according to Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan. Callahan said in an interview with the Justice that the Department of Public Safety had interacted with residents of the Castle in an effort to “determine who perpetrated these incidents.” Callahan declined to provide specific information that the students had provided regarding the investigation
but said that Public Safety was careful to look into students’ reports. “We can’t release that information because it’s part of the investigation, but sometimes students will … relay their observations and what they’ve heard or what they’ve seen, which most times is valuable, so we follow up on those leads,” he said. Callahan said in an Oct. 4 interview with the Justice that the thefts in the Castle occurred Oct. 3 between 3 and 8 a.m. Four students then filed reports that possessions had been stolen from their room while a fifth student had claimed seeing the suspect, who had been described as a 5 foot, 10 inch male wearing a dark knit cap and a gray hooded sweatshirt. Callahan said that Allison Leventhal, the community development coordinator for the Castle and Rosenthal Quad, had coordinated a meeting for residents of the Castle to interact with
Public Safety officials. In an interview with the Justice, Leventhal said that she had hosted the meeting last Tuesday to provide a forum for students to voice concern after the incident, but she also said that it was a good way for students to become acquainted with Public Safety. “I think some students are intimidated to go down to the police station for whatever reason, so we wanted to bring them out into the hall,” she explained. Harrison Goldspiel ’13, a resident of the castle who had possessions stolen, said in an interview with the Justice that he found the meeting a helpful way for the Castle community to convene after the thefts. “One of the main things about the meeting was stressing that we’re a community, and that we need to work with each other to feel safe, and I think that was good,” said Goldspiel, further
explaining that many Castle residents did not feel like a community after the incident. Leventhal said that since the incidents occurred, she has encouraged students to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity. She additionally said that she encourages students to ensure that the doors are not propped open because “that is one easy entry point for anyone to get into the building that doesn’t belong.” Callahan also emphasized the necessity for students to lock their doors, explaining, “Obviously we live in a very trusting community, but the bottom line is people should secure their belongings and lock their doors.” Callahan said that in an additional effort to enhance safety precautions, Public Safety provided extra patrol officers throughout the weekend and was working with the Office of Facilities Services to install local alarms on
the fire escape doors to deter students from leaving the doors propped open. He also said he had spoken with Student Union President Daniel Acheampong ’11 about this matter. In an interview with the Justice, Acheampong stressed the Union’s coordination with Public Safety to prevent these types of incidents from occurring. “We know that this is a safe community, so when these incidents happen we have to address it and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “I think we’re a very safe campus, but again, it’s as safe as everyone makes it. So you have to report things to the police you have to be proactive with your own safety and the safety of your belongings,” said Callahan.
—Brian Fromm contributed reporting.
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WABASH: Study reps interview students CONTINUED FROM 1 their religious beliefs, political opinions or personal values.” Krauss said that the fact that students feel good about their diversity experiences on campus was “really heartening … because we do communicate the need for civility and openness and explorations on these issues, which can be tough issues.” At the faculty meeting, Blaich also commented on the fact that the results relating to diversity experiences were “remarkably high” at Brandeis in comparison to other schools that participated in the survey. He said that other small schools—small schools being the comparison group of which Brandeis was a part—that participated in the study did not prove that there is a “small-school advantage” concerning diversity interactions. Blaich also explained the statistic relating to student-faculty interactions at the meeting on Thursday. According to the charts that Blaich presented at the meeting, 61 percent of students “have never worked with faculty members on activities other than coursework.” Prof. John Plotz (ENG) said to Blaich during the meeting that this statistic is concerning because “according to the chart, to first-years, we seem like [what] a large university would be like.” In her interview, Krauss explained this statistic more thoroughly. She pointed out that these results came from first-years, who often are “nervous or intimidated about speaking in front of the faculty.” She said that she “can imagine it might be difficult for an 18-year-old kid who’s coming to college for the first time to feel confident in approaching a faculty member.” In addition to the quantitative data, Krauss said that part of the project is for the team from Wabash to come to participating schools and talk with the students to try to get a more in-depth look at the school than the pure statistical analysis that the survey came up with. At the faculty meet-
ing, Blaich said that there were three big focus groups that he worked with on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Students were invited to attend these focus groups in an e-mail from the provost on Oct. 5. The focus groups took place on Oct. 6 and, according to what Blaich said at the faculty meeting, they were comprised of students ranging from first-years to seniors. Krauss would not provide the names of students who participated, citing confidentiality reasons. Blaich said that in the focus groups, one of the interesting things he found is that the data he got from the first-years and the data he got from the seniors was very different in terms of the faculty interactions. He also said that there is “an amazing amount of students who respect … and admire their professors a lot.” Krauss said that she was going to be meeting with the Wabash team again on Friday to discuss this particular result further. In terms of changing things to make it easier for first-years to interact with faculty, she said, “We’re not going to try to set up artificial requirements for faculty and students.” Krauss wrote that the meeting consisted of “a wide ranging discussion … about a variety of topics. No specific decisions or plans emerged—I think we need more reflection time—but there is an interest to develop possible approaches. We clearly need to have more extensive talks with faculty on this issue.” Krauss said that something else to keep in mind when looking at the results is that 62 percent of the Class of 2012 took the surveys in fall 2008, and only 18 percent of the Class of 2012 took it again in spring 2009. While the results would be more accurate if the same number of people took the survey both times—and extremely accurate if the entire first-year class had been required to take part in the survey—the provost said, “[This] is no reason to completely discount the findings because they are what they are.”
UNION: Special election will fill the empty slots CONTINUED FROM 1 She further explained that she had to devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the shelter and would therefore have to “sacrifice a few of my current extracurriculars, one of which is this [Union] position.” She added, “I will be here to help [the Union] through the process of finding someone new.” Gubbala will retire after serving as the junior representative to the Board of Trustees since last spring. Souffrant’s decision to step down from his position as Executive Board Director of Community Advocacy was due to his involvement with the Experiential Learning program, a program designed to help students develop skills and knowledge from direct experiences. “It was time for me to take my passion for helping others to a different aspect of campus,” he said in a phone interview with the Justice. Souffrant made Acheampong aware of his intentions to step down about a month ago, but the formal decision was not announced until last week. He cited as among his biggest achievements the legitimization of the senator for racial minority students position, a job that he said “nobody really wanted” when he took it a year ago. While serving in the Union as director of community advocacy, Souffrant’s responsibilities included serving as an advocate for the Brandeis community, running the
Campus Life Committee meetings and being “a regular figure on campus who takes care of students’ needs.” He retires after serving on the Student Union since the beginning of the last academic school year. “As for the Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees,” wrote Acheampong of Gubbala’s former position in an e-mail interview with the Justice, “we will hold a special election to fill the position as soon as possible.” “J.V. Souffrant, Linda Li, and Supreetha Gubbala did a great job in the Union,” wrote Acheampong in an e-mail to the Justice. “They really believed in students’ rights and advocacy, and remained committed to their roles. We will miss them.” In addition to these three resignations, other changes in the Union unclude the establishment of an Office of Communications, according to an Oct. 6 e-mail Union Secretary Herbie Rosen ’12 sent from Student Union Director of Communications Andrea Ortega ’13. According to Ortega’s e-mail, the Office of Communications will consist of the Union co-directors of communication, two writers, a newsletter editor and a website administrator. The e-mail explains that the Office of Communications was created in an effort to promote “transparency, innovate new mediums of communication, and inform students on all the different ways they can get involved at Brandeis.”
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
THE FUTURE OF ORTHODOXY
JOSHUA LINTON/the Justice
PERSONAL VISION: Rabbi Weiss discussed his view of the direction of Modern Orthodoxy and emphasized community service.
Weiss discusses Orthodoxy ■ Rabbi Avi Weiss stressed
the importance of service and Jewish unity as parts of Modern Orthodoxy. By ANDREW WINGENS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder and president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern and Open Orthodox Rabbinical School in New York, and the senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, discussed the spiritual challenges associated with the future of Modern Orthodoxy Thursday with Brandeis students, faculty and community members. The Brandeis Orthodox Organization, Toby Kaplowitz and Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz ’02, a graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, both of whom direct Hillel’s learning initiative, coordinated the event, according to the Facebook event created for the talk. Weiss spoke about his vision of Modern Orthodoxy, called “Open” Orthodoxy. Modern Orthodoxy is a sect of Judaism that believes in the divine origin of the Torah and that sees Jewish law as binding. The movement also believes in the benefit of engagement with the modern world. Weiss distinguished his view of Orthodoxy because he said that he believes the Modern Orthodox movement is moving to the right. For example, the Orthodox rabbinate does not approve of women being ordained but despite this, Weiss recently ordained the first woman in American Orthodox Judaism, according to a July 11 New York
Magazine article. Weiss emphasized that his vision of Orthodoxy consists of “open discussions of all kinds of issues that we do struggle with.” He further explained that Open Orthodoxy serves as “a balance between wanting a Torah, wanting [Jewish law and] wanting a Judaism that is all at once rooted but not frozen.” Weiss said that while Open Orthodoxy recognizes halakha, Jewish law, it also acknowledges that “as important as halakha, Jewish law, is, the law is not—if you will—the end.” He said that Jewish law is a process that helps one to feel the presence of God and live a life full of Jewish values. Weiss pointed to observance of the Sabbath and adherence to personal ethics as means of bridging the gap between man and God. Weiss stated that another key aspect of Open Orthodoxy is the value of the Jewish people being one family. He explained, “The Jewish people is not to be segregated one from the other—of course there are distinctions, but we are part of the larger Jewish family.” While Weiss acknowledged that the physical challenge for the Jewish people is protecting the state of Israel, he focused on the spiritual aspects of Judaism, claiming, “Our spiritual challenges as a people and as part of the larger universal world are far greater than the physical challenges.” Weiss said that the spiritual challenge is that there is a need for religious leaders to create a spiritual congregation. Weiss listed the qualifications necessary to be an effective Jewish spiritual leader, identifying three main “necessary ingredients:” love of the Jewish people, love of giv-
ing and service to the community and a belief in oneself. Weiss also emphasized the call to service for young Jews, stating, “The center peace of [Judaism]—and this is what I want to bless you with—is serving.” He said that he hopes everyone at the event could look back on their lives at the age of 120 and see the difference they made in the world. During his talk, Weiss promoted Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, the yeshiva, or institute of Jewish learning, that he founded over 10 years ago. Weiss said he started the yeshiva because he worried Modern Orthodoxy was becoming closed-off to the rest of the world. “I was very, very concerned about the rightward drift of Modern Orthodoxy. I was very, very concerned it was becoming ensconced. It was becoming a system which was surrounded not so much like Abraham’s tent—open to all sides,” he said. Weiss also founded Yeshivat Maharat “in 2009 to be the first institution in Jewish history to train women to be fully integrated into the Orthodox community as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities,” said the organization’s website. Students after the event expressed interest in the content of Weiss’ lecture. Yael Marks ’14 said, “He was really, really inspirational and took the feelings that I had and put them in words.” Avi Fuld ’14 added, “I thought the rabbi was a great speaker; he touched on a lot of really interesting points, and I think we should think about this. Orthodoxy is changing, and we need to decide where we want to go with it.”
SURPLUS: Rise in master’s students increased revenue CONTINUED FROM 1 year than it did for this academic year, he expects the numbers to “soon reach sort of steady state.” The increase in students has provided GSAS with challenges ranging from increased work needed to process all the applications to efforts to provide the appropriate and needed resources to the students. “The main thing is that the professors who mentor these students really don’t get paid more to take on master’s students, but they’re willingly doing it,” he said.
Watson said that while no one can determine admissions figures for upcoming years, the Curriculum and Academic Restructuring Steering committee and the Brandeis 2020 Committee set a decreased target number for Ph.D students in various departments for the 2008 to 2009 academic year, and those are still the numbers on which the GSAS is operating. The International Business School reduced the number of students admitted this year, according to the Senior Associate Dean Trenery Dolbear. In an e-mail to the
Justice, Dolbear wrote that while he was unable to provide the exact admissions rates from the previous academic year, the “number of new students this year is actually lower than last year.” Dolbear explained that while IBS was asked to contribute about $2 million to the budget, “this target hasn’t changed by a substantial amount ... so we were not under pressure to push up acceptance rates to increase revenue.”
—Alana Abramson contributed reporting.
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Marching on campus By DAVE BENGER JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Every Monday and Friday, Jordan Klebanow ’13 and Joshua Cohen ’14 wake up about 5 hours earlier than the average Brandeis student. They get dressed far more carefully and keep their hair cut much shorter than the majority of Brandeis’ population. They pile themselves and their large rucksacks into Klebanow’s car in order to take a short drive to the campus of Boston University. There, they become Cadets Klebanow and Cohen. Currently, Klebanow and Cohen are the only two Brandeis students who partake in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, offered by Brandeis through a partnership with Boston University, and both are cadets in the Army Cadre, rather than the Air Force or Navy sections. Recruiting Operations Officer at Boston University, Maj. Mike Allain, said that the Cadre currently consists of approximately 120 students, about half of whom are from “satellite schools” like Brandeis. “Our cadets have managed the logistical challenges quite well,” Al-
lain said, adding that both Klebanow and Cohen are at the top of their respective classes in the BU Army cadre. Allain also said that while there has not been a Brandeis student who has committed to the military as a career and enlisted as a commissioned officer in quite some time, he values the ROTC’s relationship with the University. Klebanow decided to join ROTC at the beginning of the second semester of his first year, but his decision was far from impulsive. Cohen joined at the beginning of this year. “For me, the dream was always Navy SEAL,” Klebanow said. He talked about all the reasons preteen and teenage boys want to join the military: video games, movies and a general fascination with violence. But for Klebanow, it ran deeper than that, “I always knew I would serve,” he said. Cohen also said being involved in the Army is something he has always wanted to do. Klebanow is a somewhat atypical ROTC cadet. He comes from no military background at all. In fact, he said that when he made the decision
to serve, his family’s response was quite negative. “Most people felt I would be wasting the prime of my life and the military would not be the best use of my abilities,” he said. Klebanow comes from a “close-knit upper middle class Jewish community” in New York, where joining the military is far from a common career choice. The time commitment to the ROTC program is demanding. The cadets have to be at Boston University every Monday and Friday and sometimes Wednesday mornings at 5:45 a.m. for a workout that lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes. They also take part in a mandatory Thursday afternoon leadership lab, which takes place in a classroom. Aside from the mandatory sessions, there are lectures and events that take place on the Boston University campus related to ROTC that Klebanow often cannot attend. “I can’t make it to all of the activities because I’m at a satellite school,” he said. However, Allain commented that he doesn’t feel this places the students at the satellite schools at any significant disadvantage. The time commitment has been a
Students participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, which is a college-based army leadership program in the United States bit taxing for Klebanow. He is a brother of the the campus fraternity Phi Kappa Psi but otherwise has not been as involved in extracurricular activities as he would like. Even so, he seems happy with his decision. Cohen said he feels as though he has learned a lot of positive values through being involved with the ROTC, as “[ROTC] instill a lot of good values in you and they make you try and be more punctual and more organized and more confident.” However, he said the ROTC has just become another normal aspect of his college career, although the time commitment and commute to BU is a bit challenging. “because we’re a satellite school and we’re kind of far so we have to drive there. Just factoring in to everything else, it’s time consuming,” said Cohen. At the end of their sophomore year, the cadets have to decide whether or not they want to stay on as contracted cadets. If they decide to continue, they are then commissioned as second lieutenants upon graduation for 4 years of active duty, when they live their lives as soldiers either abroad or on military bases in
the United States, and then 4 years in the reserves, when they live their lives as civillians but are expected to report to training sessions on weekends and during the summers. Klebanow has been thinking about infusing his academic interests, which include politics, Middle Eastern studies and journalism, with his time in the Army. He also made it very clear that while he has always dreamt of serving, he has no plans at the moment of making the Army his permanent career. Cohen, an International and Global Studies major from Tulsa, Okla., is also unsure as to whether he would want to pursue the Army as a career. Although he says it is a possibility, he acknowledges that he still has time to figure it out. When asked what he would say to a Brandeis student who was considering joining the ROTC, Klebanow said, “I would sit them down and challenge their reasons for joining. I don’t think it’s a decision that could be made lightly.” And after a slight pause, he added, “But I would encourage it.” —Rebecca Klein contributed reporting.
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PUSH TO WIN: Students worked in New Hampshire Representative Democrat Paul Hode’s ofﬁce.
Students bring political activism to campus for the upcoming elections By DAFNA FINE JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
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DEDICATED REPUBLICAN: Nipun Marwaha ’12 campaigned for Scott Brown in last year’s election.
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KNOCK, KNOCK: Students went door to door this past weekend asking for support for Paul Hodes.
At this moment, the clock reads 02027011638. That is 2 years, 27 days, 1 hour, 16 minutes and 38 seconds on the Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union’s countdown clock until political parties will battle in the 2012 presidential elections. In the meantime, students are working to ensure a quicker victory for their parties, immersing themselves in the fast-approaching midterm elections less than 4 weeks away. The midterm elections, which take place 2 years before the next presidential elections, are scheduled for Nov. 2. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, as well as over 30 of the 100 Senate seats. Political groups on campus are working to raise awareness for their parties before the elections and are giving students opportunities to be politically active. The challenge for some students is to stay involved in the elections while being away from their home states where they are voting. “People don’t want to make calls for someone else’s congressman. People aren’t where they are voting, so it can be hard to be involved,” Hilary Nelson ’12, campus coordinator for Democracy for America, says. Nelson interned this summer in Washington for her senator and congressman. While the Republicans are hoping the midterm elections will allow them enough seats to gain a Republican majority, the Democrats are fighting to retain the majority they currently hold. Brandeis Democrats have spent countless hours phone banking for candidates in tight races, including Paul Hodes, the Democratic candidate for Senate from New Hampshire, who is in a toss-up race against Kelly Ayotte. They have also made over 200 calls for Tim Bishop, the Democratic incumbent running for Congress in New York’s first congressional district. Many groups have taken their efforts off campus as well, arranging for students to attend important rallies and get involved in campaigning opportunities outside Massachusetts as well. DFA canvassed for Paul Hodes Oct. 9 in New Hampshire and hopes to do so again Oct. 23. Brandeis Democrats are showing their support in D.C. on Oct. 30 at the John Stewart-Steven Colbert rally. Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union is turning its attention this month to campaign for Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor. Brandeis Democrats and DFA will be tabling in Massell and North quads to encourage students to vote. “By and large, I think Brandeis students are pretty involved and aware, but I think freshmen need to get in there,” Emily Herman ’12, campaign coordinator for Brandeis Democrats, says. DFA has also reached out to the Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union for help with the event, according to Nelson. “We reached out to them because we thought it would make people feel more comfortable than if it is just sponsored by one group,” Nelson says. The Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union is also looking to raise voting awareness this month, according to Arthur Serer ’11, vice president of the Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union. Students are focusing on political issues in the upcoming elections that specifically con-
cern college-aged students and that may be greatly affected by the outcome of the elections. “The issues in these elections are the most relevant to college students. This is the stuff that most directly affects students. War happens far away, and social policy might not hit home. But whether or not social security is solvent when we retire, and what our taxes will be 50 years down the road, that hits home,” Avi Snyder ’13, director of communications for the Brandeis Libertarian-Conservative Union, says. Snyder worked as an intern this past summer for the College Republican National Committee, which works to train college students to advocate for conservative ideals and focuses on youth-oriented political issues. Though Serer feels students know what is at stake in the upcoming elections, he adds that many may not be particularly informed on many of the issues. “I think, in general, people don’t always pay attention to the world of politics. They look at the numbers and vote by their party, but people don’t often keep track of their local representatives and specific issues,” Serer says. The midterm elections will serve as a crucial check on United States President Barack Obama and his legislation, according to Serer. “In ’08, it was tempting to vote for Obama, but with everything that has been going on with the course of politics, it might take a bit of freshness out of the Obama fervor,” Serer says. The results of the midterm elections may highlight the frustrations people feel in response to measures that have been passed during Obama’s term. “His support is not undue, but people might say he talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk,” Serer says. The political mood at Brandeis is “apprehensive,” according to Herman. She says students are worried about the outcome of November’s elections. “As voters, Brandeis students are historically, and will probably always be, left-leaning. But there will always be some swing from the general election. The trend of the country is moving toward the center. It’s a pendulum, and won’t stay as strongly liberal as the general election,” Herman says. While the Democrats may be climbing in the polls, Serer is confident in a Republican victory based on the current numbers. However, Serer is also confident that whatever party takes the majority, things will be different after the November elections. “No doubt about it, when the dust settles, it won’t be the same legislative climate as it is now,” Serer says, referring to the relative ease with which he thinks the Democrats can now pass legislation. The race is still fair game for the Democrats to hold on to their majority. “I think we’re going to turn out the votes. We know how important it is to stop the Tea Party, which has yet to show what they stand for,” Herman says. Though the Democrats and Republicans hold individual agendas for the upcoming elections, the groups are not opposed to discussion. “We’re open to debate. It’s important to continue dialogue and come together for issues that are bipartisan which the whole country needs to work on,” Herman says. Editor’s note: Avi Snyder is a columnist for the Justice.
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Suicide response was respectful In the last month, there were five separate incidents of homosexual students across the country committing suicide after encountering harassment and bullying from their peers—even at the university level. These tragedies resonated with the student body at large but especially with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer community here. The University was both responsive and sympathetic to those in the community who were upset following the spate of suicides. This editorial board is happy with the appropriate responses both from the student population as well as that from the administration. We also note the support that the University always has for members of the LGBTQ community and its supporters. This past week, Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams sent out an important campus wide e-mail on behalf of the Brandeis Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline to not only show the University’s strong disapproval of the “bullying occurrences” but also to present the University’s systems of support for anyone who felt affected by the tragedies. Adams noted that BCRCH is always available to listen to students in need and emphasized that the resources are available from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. This further demonstrates the University’s commitment to students during distressing times. Adams listed numerous other support systems on campus that ranged from personal counseling to anonymous hotlines. This editorial board values the effort that the administration makes year-round to ensure that students in the community feel com-
Community acted admirably fortable and supported, especially in difficult times. We are also grateful for having a caring student community. Soon after the tragic suicides, Triskelion held a candlelight vigil during the annual national Coming Out Week. The vigil served as a memorial to the five gay teenagers who took their own lives. This board is not only appreciative for this single act but also for the ongoing support for LGBTQ students that Trisk and other student-led organizations, such as the Queer Resource Center, provide on a consistent basis. The University community’s open, supportive gestures are indicative of the type of continuous tolerance that we appreciate from the University. The recent Wabash study confirms this sentiment by pointing to the data which indicates that Brandeis students are more interested in social involvement and diversity issues than the average college student. Seventy-two percent of students stated that they have “had serious conversations with students who are very different from them in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions or personal values.” This is a direct reflection of the open community that the administration and student body creates, which was also exemplified following the recent tragedies. Overall, this editorial board is appreciative of the support and sympathetic response seen after the recent tragedies. The response further demonstrates the student body’s reception to issues of social justice and compassion for others.
Rose event signals bright future In light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Rose Art Museum, this editorial board wishes to recognize the University, and more specifically two members of the Rose staff, Director of Operations Roy Dawes and Director of Academic Programming Dabney Hailey, for an enjoyable and well-attended opening ceremony for the museum’s newest exhibits last Thursday evening. In light of the Rose’s scramble to find an exhibition after planned visiting artists canceled their shows—two artists canceled due to the confusion concerning the status of the museum itself, and a studio fire prevented another artist from presenting here— the staff assembled two fine exhibits, “WaterWays” and “Regarding Painting.” While attendance may not have been as it was at high as last year’s opening reception, which took place only a few months after the chaos of the University’s initial decision to close the museum, last week’s turnout signifies a return to normalcy and appreciation for the museum among members of the University community. This board also recognizes that despite negative press, changes in leadership and other complications, the Rose has continued to be a highquality institution. This is reflected in the continued level of excellence found in the museum’s newest exhibits. The positive qualities of the Rose can be seen in other ways, as well.
Museum continues to thrive For example, the museum recently incorporated a new form of technology into its exhibits. The new technology is in the form of a program called MobileApps, which was designed for the iPod Touch by several Brandeis graduate students. This useful application allows visitors to simply use one of the Rose’s four new iPod Touches— or their own iPod Touches if they’ve downloaded the application—to scan the barcodes next to the artwork and gain access to the extra information. This educational tool certainly enhances the experiences of those visiting the museum. As the University continues to deal with ongoing legal action as a result of the aftermath of its original decision to close the Rose and sell its artwork, this editorial board continues to hope the University is able to pursue alternatives to selling work from the Rose collection and that both parties involved in the ongoing lawsuit find the means to speedily resolve the issue. Additionally, we eagerly await the naming of a new director of the Rose after the newly formed committee to find the new director completes its task. We are pleased that the Rose continues to be a significant part of the University and hope that it will offer similarly excellent exhibitions in the future.
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Don’t rule out anyone as possible Castle thief Elizabeth
As you may already know, there were a series of thefts in the Usen Castle early in the morning of Oct. 3. E-mails went out, threatening fliers went up and after quite a bit of talk, a mandatory hall meeting was convened last Tuesday night between Castle residents and police to discuss the crimes. Yet after all of the commotion, the message of law enforcement was rather boring; the person, they said, who had committed the offenses was most likely a transient individual with no connection to campus who had just been passing through that night. Somehow, I am not satisfied with the “random stranger” explanation of the Castle caper. It seems too easy—almost like taking a laptop out of an unlocked dorm room at 5 a.m. Therefore, I have developed a few other hypotheses as to who the culprit of the Castle burglaries might be. My formula is based upon who might stand to benefit from the thefts—from motives like old-fashioned resale to more, perhaps, unconventional ones. Due to the swiftness of the robbery, my first thought was that perhaps more than one individual was involved. Perhaps the “thief” was, in fact, a group of marauding, funseeking Brandeis students—the sorts that complain constantly about how life here is so lame compared to that at other universities. Though we still have neither on-campus Greek life nor a massive dropout rate, this spate of thefts did give us that sleep-with-one-eye-open metropolitan campus flair that has been lacking. But maybe that theory is wrong. Perhaps it was the University administrators finally taking heed of the constant complaints about the post-apocalyptic appearance of the interior of the Castle and, daunted by a tight budget, began collecting electronics from Castle residents for resale. There’s no easy way to prove this, but if the women’s bathroom nearest Cholmondeley’s ever has a ceiling again, we can all settle down and write this robbery off as a tax. Yet perhaps it wasn’t the administrators who committed such a terrible eve-of-midterms act. After all, the thefts, while devastating, were not violent—they were either an act of opportunity or irritation, not of outright rage. So who has motivation to be sensibly miffed with our community while not totally on the verge of madness? If I were law enforcement, I’d be checking out the current whereabouts of one Marty Peretz ’59 (the editor of The New Republic who recently made a controversial remark about Muslims). As any reasonable person could assume, the feelings of students at this institution are obviously always acknowledged globally. Doubtlessly, Peretz was immediately aware of the “massive” campus uproar from its very inception. So it’s not unthinkable that the computers were stolen in an effort to prevent the further destruction of his life, which has certainly been brought to a screeching halt by the clearly widely heard outcry from campus. If not, one may consider as well that the thefts might also just be the results of University President Jehuda Reinharz’s wish to go out in a blaze of glory after years of having been watched like a hawk by zealous students bent on political correctness and administrative transparency. It must also be submitted that he has mysteriously skipped town as of this week—maybe to Vietnam to lay low for a while until things blow over here in Waltham. Lastly, my suspicion must fall also upon myself. It is entirely possible that I have a kleptomaniacal alter ego with whom I share no conscious thought, making this article an expression of a guilty conscience. This could begin to shed a little light on the mysterious stockpile of Macbooks in my closet… I, for one, will be keeping an eye out on this investigation, ruling out no one. While I realize that what they say about the simplest explanations being the most likely ones is logical, I somehow need more excitement in my spreetheft theories than a lone guy and a few unlocked doors. I’ll be watching this case, petitioning for a moat and waiting for a lead until the next terrible thing happens in the Castle—though knowing the Castle, that next terrible thing will most likely be of the ceiling collapse persuasion.
OP-BOX Quote of the Week “By and large, I think Brandeis students are pretty involved and aware, but I think freshmen need to get in there.” —Emily Herman ’12, campaign coordinator for Brandeis Democrats, on student political involvement on campus. (See Features, page 9)
Brandeis Talks Back What do you think of the new Student Union website?
NICHOLAS MEDINA ’14 “I went on it to vote. I thought it was pretty efficient.”
FELICIA KUPERWASER ’13 “I don’t feel comfortable answering because I don’t know anything about it.”
JULIE SHIH ’13 “I haven’t looked at it.”
SAM FUCHS ’11 “I’m curious why they chose to create a new website instead of modifying their older one. Otherwise, it looks pretty cool.” —Compiled by Eitan Cooper Photos by Robyn Spector/the Justice
In response to your article “School should rethink its career services” (Forum, Oct. 5): I am writing on behalf of the Hiatt Career Center. We would like to correct the factual errors in Mr. Mermelstein’s article and help students better understand the process of career development vs. job placement. Please know that we openly encourage and appreciate feedback and are glad that the Justice wants to foster dialogue about how the University can best serve the career needs of students. As Mr. Mermelstein notes, given the current academic climate, this can understandably be an anxious time for students thinking about their steps after graduation. That said, the Brandeis education serves students well. Brandeis students have been very successful in gaining employment within 6 months of graduation—the standard benchmark in higher education. The classes of ’08 and ’09 were employed at rates of 96 percent and 94 percent, respectively, nearly 20 percent higher than the national average during a very bleak economic period (we will have 2010 data in the next 6 months). For those alumni still job searching, all of Hiatt’s services are available to all alumni for life—something very few schools offer. The article also incorrectly asserts that the majority of internships available to University students are unpaid, when, in fact, the overwhelming majority of internships are paid. Moreover, Mr. Mermelstein categorizes the fall career fair as the penultimate event for students who want to connect with employers when it should be viewed as the first among a diverse, varied approach to make students aware of opportunities available to them. There is much more to come, including four industry-specific career summits and forums, career fairs in five cities across the country during winter break and Skype networking meetings with long-distance employers, including those abroad who want to hire Brandeis students. In the last week alone, for example, Hiatt hosted the U.S. Department of State and a leading economic consulting firm, prepared students applying for a fashion internship open only to a select number of schools and secured paid internship opportunities for students who want to work in government. We will have to make it a higher priority to better educate students on the nuances of their specific fields of interest so that they may strategically and effectively market themselves. Job search timelines vary widely by field. For example, finance and some federal government employers are recruiting now, whereas marketing and environmental employers generally recruit in the spring. Although we appreciate the kind comments about how helpful the Hiatt staff can be in preparing students for interviews and producing strong résumés, we want to dissuade students from thinking that Hiatt is a résumé service. Writing and submitting a résumé is merely one component of an effective search strategy. Career development is a transformative process. Students need to integrate their career exploration throughout their Brandeis career by taking ownership of the process—reflecting on their interests, engaging in career exploration and networking with potential employers. Hiatt staff, faculty and other members of the Brandeis community can be very helpful in this process. To that end, Hiatt agrees with the article that parents, alumni and friends of Brandeis can be an excellent resource for students, and we are actively working with the Alumni Relations team and others at the University so that the student professional support network is as robust as possible. —Joseph Du Pont, Esq. The writer is dean of the Hiatt Career Center.
Community alert was unnecessary In response to your editorial “Thefts merrited communiy alert” (Oct. 5): The entire community should have been warned? You guys get 800s on your SATs and you need someone to tell you to secure your belongings at all times, and you throw a hissy
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READER COMMENTARY Article misrepresented Hiatt
fit if you don’t get warned? I won't trust anyone under 60 to take out my appendix. —Paul Trusten R.Ph. ’73
BEMCo quote was misleading In response to your article “BEMCo Beginnings” (Features, Oct 5): On behalf of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps Executive Board, we feel the need to clarify a quote in this article. BEMCo strives to provide the highest quality patient care and customer service to all we come in contact with. The writer quotes to imply that BEMCo will treat and release all patients on scene with no cost to the student. However, if the crew chief or on-duty supervisor determines the need for advanced medical care, BEMCo is obligated to dispatch further care and is not responsible for the costs of the ambulance or hospital care. We advise all of our patients of their treatment and transport options, and most of the time, whether we dispatch further care or not, patients are free to refuse or decline services. BEMCo is proud of our progress over the past 28 years and is honored to care for the Brandeis community. —Seth Merker ’11 The writer is director of BEMco and also a clinical supervisor for the organization.
Clarify information on cage-free eggs In response to your article “University should serve only cage-free eggs” (Oct. 5): The article states that most schools don’t pass the costs on to the consumer, or if they do, the meal plan cost increases by $7 to $10, which is a small fraction of the meal plan cost. I know at many other schools they have allyou-can-eat single meal plans like we have at Sherman Dining Hall, so the overall meal plan cost is the only place it can be passed on. Since Brandeis also has an à la carte mealplan option, which is used at all but one of the dining locations, the cost of individual items is another area that the costs can be passed to the consumer, and in fact, you currently have to pay more for cage-free eggs when you request them in Usdan Boulevard and Café. There are also other foods that are cooked with eggs, like baked goods, which could incorporate the higher input costs into their final price. Do you have any data on the prices of eggbased items at schools with la carte meal plans after making the shift? —Josh Waizer ’11
Joe Linsey was mischaracterized In response to your article “The drowning of a pool” (Features, Sep 14): As a Brandeis alumnus and parent, I was disappointed by your incomplete portrayal of Joseph M. Linsey. The article failed to capture the depth of his dedication to Brandeis that extended far beyond construction of the Linsey Pool. Joe’s philanthropy touched every part of Brandeis from the late 1950s until his death in 1994. He strengthened the University through his gifts in support of athletics, student scholarships and fellowships and academic programs. He was a trusted and dear friend of founding President Abram Sachar and responded to the University’s needs each and every day. In the early 1960s, Joe chaired a major fundraising campaign. In just 3 years, the campaign secured millions of dollars for Brandeis, including two prestigious grants from the Ford Foundation. The Brandeis athletics program would not exist as it does today without Joe’s leadership, commitment and support. He gave students the opportunity to pursue athletic as well as academic excellence. Joe’s induction into what is now the Joseph M. Linsey Athletic Hall of Fame and the establishment of the Linsey Fellowship in his honor are true measures of the esteem in which Joe was held by Brandeis. I would suggest that a more appropriate characterization of Joe Linsey would be that he was a true mensch who made life better for so many. —Nate Lubofsky ’58 The writer works in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
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Spread LGBTQ acceptance By SHAFAQ HASAN JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Last Friday, students all received an e-mail from Associate Dean of Student Life Jamele Adams about support offered by various groups on campus in light of the recent suicides in the gay community. While the University’s name doesn’t appear on any official lists commending it for upholding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights or being a “gay-friendly” college, it certainly has the resources and the openness to combat the misguided attitudes of individuals regarding the LGBTQ community. Not since the 1998 torture and murder of Matthew Shepherd, a gay college student who was beaten, tied to a fence and brutalized for his sexual orientation, has the urgency of securing gay rights been at the immediate forefront of people’s minds. The very recent, tragic suicides of five gay teenagers have been described both as an “epidemic” and “a call to action” and have propelled individuals in our society to start changing the way people think about sexual orientation. Politicians and celebrities alike are coming together to reform our country’s faltering views on sexual orientation. They are ensuring that schools and universities can adequately provide help for LGBTQ teens and are branching out to reform prior laws about bullying as well as adopting attitudes of acceptance and intolerance. The cases of these five young men and teens who took their lives all point to a common culprit: harassment from their peers due to their sexual orientation. For example, a Rutgers student was atrociously videotaped and exploited by his roommate, and a 13-year-old boy was routinely bullied by other students at the apathy of the school administration. These two extremes showcase the widespread bullying of homosexuals. Although it would seem that a college campus would be a more open and accepting environment, a 2010 study performed by the advocacy group Campus Pride found that 25 percent of the LGBTQ students and employees interviewed have endured harassment due to their sexual orientation. Playground bullying has crossed over to campuses because of our society’s prevailing opinions and mentalities of intolerance. Bullying of homosexuals is encouraged by laws like “don’t ask, don’t tell” and crude movie one-liners that make it okay to use the word “gay” to describe something perceived as stupid or dumb. Recently, the homophobic Republican candidate for the governorship of New York, Carl P. Paladino, denounced same-sex marriage as a ruse to “brainwash” children into thinking homosexuality is acceptable. These archaic and regressive attitudes are incompatible with our country’s mode of equality and tolerance. In the words of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “This must stop.” According to a 2009 study conducted by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, of the 7,261 students surveyed, only 18 percent said their schools had programs helping students deal with anti-gay bullying and harassment. Unsurprisingly, students who have been exposed to such
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programs and environments are less likely to be victimized by bullies or conduct the bullying themselves. Judging by the e-mail we received from Adams, the University has a comprehensive support program for LGBTQ individuals. There are numerous groups that are available for students should they feel the need to talk or vent. Groups like the Online Resource Center, Triskelion and Students Talking About Relationships are always available if a student feels like they need to talk or confide in someone. The Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline offers its services as well if someone wants to talk anonymously or confidentially. However, given the ambiguity of verbal harassment in the law, even if a school has support groups and is able to apprehend the bully, it still may be unable to legally do anything about the harassment. Seth Walsh, one of the five youths who committed suicide last month, reported his bullying to administrators, who then consulted with the police. Though the police identified the two individuals involved in the harassment prior to Walsh’s death, they found that the bullying did not constitute a crime and consequently let the students go. As of now, only eight of the 44 states that have laws that specifically address bullying based on sexual orientation consider the harassment to be “prohibited conduct” because it’s not a crime. Politicians should take this opportunity to turn what can be considered one of the darkest times for the LGBTQ community into a better one by reforming current laws or passing new ones to give school administrators the power to protect students from bullying. Senator Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania recently introduced a law called the “Safe School Improvement Act,” which would require schools to receive funding for the single purpose of developing programs combating bullying based on sexual, gender and racial harassment. This may also be the opportunity to repeal the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and legalize same-sex marriage. It’s the idea that an LGBTQ individual is not welcome to disclose his or her sexual orientation or marry the person he or she loves that encourages the attitude that gay is wrong. This homophobic message is hypocritical. While such actions cannot definitively disrupt the rampant bullying in schools or immediately eradicate the intolerance prevalent in our society, they could send powerful messages: the messages of acceptance and inclusion. Changing the attitude of an entire nation is an undertaking that will not successfully be accomplished overnight or even over the course of several years. Political red tape will surely uphold anti-bullying initiatives, religious anti-gay groups like the Minnesota Family Council will surely corrupt the public mentality, and students will surely still bully those who are different. But as college students, we can start the movement on campus and take our ideas into the world when we leave school. Whether it’s by wearing purple on Oct. 20 to commemorate the lives of those teens or voting for an initiative that will give schools funding to create anti-bullying programs, it all starts with the single idea: Stop the hate.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
FORUM RETHINKING SECURITY
RISHIKA ASSOMULL/the Justice
Fully address risks: Improve campus security Leah
SMITH IN A WORD
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, so by nature I tend to be a little more aware of my surroundings than most people I know. I lock my door every time I leave the room and whenever I’m asleep, I always look over my shoulder whenever I walk alone at night, I carry a fully charged cell phone on me at all times, and I can’t help but be wary of unfamiliar people. I’m not paranoid. But I am more aware of potential danger. I would say, however, that being at Brandeis has “dulled” my senses. Although I am still constantly aware of my surroundings, I feel far more at ease walking around campus at night than I would at home. And I don’t panic when on occasion I realize that I forgot to lock my door. Something about being on a small campus where I recognize almost everyone just makes me feel more comfortable. Yet when I read about things like the man exposing himself in Harlan Chapel and the thefts in Usen Castle,
I am reminded that, contrary to popular belief, the University is not a bubble. It is for this reason that I believe it needs to do more to enhance security. Fortunately, we have an amazing culture of honesty and integrity here, and over the 60 or so years that our university has been in existence, we’ve been relatively lucky. But despite those things, we can’t forget that our campus exists in the real world, and the risk of crime—whether from outsiders or from our own students—will always be present. It’s true that our campus is enclosed, unlike most colleges, so we don’t have the same security concerns as a school such as Boston University, which is spread throughout a city. However, our campus is still open and easily accessible to outsiders. There are many ways to get on campus without using the main entrance. And even the main entrance is insecure. Anyone could potentially drive or walk onto campus without being stopped. Additionally, our residence halls are particularly vulnerable to crime. Though all the buildings are locked, any outsider who wants to get in could easily wait for someone to let him or her in. The Department of
Public Safety cautions us not to let unknown people into the residence halls, but most of us are probably guilty of letting someone we don’t know into our building. This is a big risk since there are no security guards at the entrances to the buildings to check unknown visitors.
We can’t forget that our campus exists in the real world. There are a number of video monitors around campus, but in an e-mail to the Justice, Ed Callahan, the director of Public Safety, stated that he could not release information about the number of cameras or the areas they cover. In the e-mail, he assured me that Public Safety is committed to keeping the community safe, but it seems to me, in light of the recent thefts, that a declared commitment to safety alone is not enough. I am not raising these points to be alarmist. Comparatively speaking,
this is a very safe campus, and our culture of honesty and integrity creates an amazing atmosphere that probably can’t be found a lot of other places. But I do think that our relative lack of security on campus is an issue that needs attention. Yes, the budget is tight right now, but there are too many holes in campus security that need to be closed up. The University should install more cameras in and around the residence halls as well as by the various entrances to campus to keep a better watch for outsiders who shouldn’t be here. Perhaps the University should also hire more staff for Public Safety. According to the Brandeis website, we only have 15 police officers and two security guards. The campus is small, but it’s hard for a small squad to be everywhere at once. Campus police may be able to respond to reports of crime quickly, but a slightly larger squad might be more effective at deterring crimes before they happen. We should also consider installing a security guard at the front gate to monitor comings and goings at night. The guard wouldn’t necessarily have to stop everyone who came onto campus. However, he or she would be an extra pair of eyes, and an occupied, lighted guard booth
would be a bigger deterrent to potential criminals than a vacant, dark one. Such simple additions to campus security could make a huge difference in keeping us safe. We shouldn’t delude ourselves into thinking that we’re out of harm’s way because we live inside the Brandeis “bubble.” The sexual assault in the Village and intrusions by the same perpetrator in Shapiro Residence Hall in 2005, last week’s thefts in the castle, last year’s thefts of a student’s laptop from Reitman Residence Hall and another student’s $550 bicycle from Ridgewood—these may all be isolated incidents, but they are all reminders that we are never immune to crime, not even at Brandeis. I don’t believe that our culture of honesty and integrity should change. I do believe that despite that honesty and integrity, we all need to be a little more vigilant about safety. We should not take Public Safety’s advice about locking our doors and not letting unknown persons into the residence halls lightly. However, there is only so much that we as students can do. The University has a responsibility to keep us safe and needs to start closing the gaps in campus security in order to do so.
Recent thefts do not warrant safety upgrades Eitan
COOPER DOWN TO BUSINESS
In the Oct. 31, 1989 issue of the Justice, an anonymous student wrote a letter to the editor titled, “Brandeis not as safe as it may seem.” The author of the letter wrote, “I am writing this to make all Brandeis students aware that Brandeis is not as safe as it may seem. I know. I was attacked. Last weekend, right on South Street. I managed to escape unharmed physically, but emotionally, what happened has affected me more deeply than I could ever have imagined.” While this frightful incident occurred more than 20 years ago, I am sure it was not unique to its time. While the University may have changed as an institution, the world can still be the same horrible place it was back then. Terrible things can happen to us, even within the confines of our campus in Waltham, Mass. The string of recent robberies reported in Usen Castle a week and a half ago is one such example. However, I am willing to wager that
more crimes than that are committed at our university, and, for whatever reason, remain unreported and thus are not included in the police log. How should we confront this dangerous world in which we live? Well, back in 1989, the University was in the midst of a large-scale initiative to boost campus security. That 1989 issue of the Justice details the accomplishments of a newly named director of Public Safety, Joseph C. McDonald (including the hiring of a detective sergeant, Ed Callahan, who now serves as the director of Public Safety). The issue of University police officers holding firearms was also up for debate; a column in the Forum section of the same issue argues that University police members should use guns (if they were to get them). Clearly, campus safety was a big issue for students 20 years ago, and the University made appropriate changes in response to student input. But this should not be our current course of action. I know that some have suggested, as students did 20 years ago, that in the wake of recent crimes, it would be worth it to increase campus safety. Perhaps, they say, we should install more video cameras or even hire security guards to watch over buildings. If you ask me, though, we all need to
take a deep breath and reassess the situation. There are multiple reasons why an increase in campus safety is unnecessary.
It’s not as though we haven’t made any recent improvements. First of all, it’s not as though we haven’t made any recent improvements. In spring 2008, the University spent $100,000 purchasing firearms and training the Brandeis Police to operate them. Additionally, as of fall 2008, Public Safety officers have had the ability to send out short messages to alert the campus in case of emergency as well as to broadcast messages on office phones, plasma screens around campus and the University home page. Secondly, a more extensive improvement of campus security would be an incredibly expensive endeavor. And if you haven’t noticed, we are currently fairly low on funds. Last year, the University was forced
to makes cuts to numerous academic programs in order to save money. Two years ago, we had the Rose Art Museum fiasco. Given current financial constraints, we simply cannot justify any additional improvements in campus safety. However, there are those who may still claim that our safety is not worth even the smallest risk. They argue that we should cut other university programs and do whatever we have to in order to ensure the safety of every student. I would urge these alarmists, though, to calm down. Let’s realize that we go to college in Waltham, and even though freakish incidents may happen from time to time—such as robberies in the Castle a week and a half ago or an assault 20 years ago—our school can still boast a safe and welcoming atmosphere. I am reminded of when I went on my initial tour of Brandeis as a perspective student; my tour guide related a story of how she forgot her backpack and hours later was able to retrieve it from the very same spot. Furthermore, we should not undermine the capabilities of the Brandeis Police. According to the Department of Public Safety website, the department monitors the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the use of “closed-circuit television
coverage of specific public areas and parking lots.” Also, the officers receive “formalized training in police sciences at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. … Each officer receives further specialized training through various federal, state and local criminal justice training centers. The department continually sponsors in-service training programs for its members to keep them abreast of the latest in medical and police science techniques.” Additionally, every single campus police officer had to undergo physical, psychological and sensitivity training in order to be allowed to carry a gun on campus. But even more important than all of these points is our individual responsibility to keep ourselves safe. It never hurts to keep a watchful eye or practice some common sense. The Castle robberies would never have likely happened had students simply locked their doors at night. Brandeis may be our home; however, we cannot allow ourselves to feel as safe here as we do in our houses. We must simultaneously appreciate our campus’ safe atmosphere and refuse to take it for granted. But it’s obvious that we do not need additional campus safety to help us accomplish this.
Selig thrives at meet ■ Grayce Selig ’11 placed
seventh out of 322 runners in the Open New England Championships. By JACOB LURIE JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
At the Open New England Championships last Saturday, the women’s cross country team’s efforts were spearheaded by Grayce Selig ’11, who placed seventh out of 322 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 4 7 seconds. This finish was only 53 seconds behind the first-place runner, University of Maine junior Corey Connor, who had a time of 16:54. Coach John Evans admired Selig’s efforts at the meet. “[Selig] had a phenomenal run,” Evans said. “She was running with the top [Division I] girls in New England. … She ran a minute faster than she did at this time last year, and that puts her up there to be one of the best [Division III] runners in the nation right now.” Overall, the women’s cross country squad placed 22nd at the event out of 47 Division I, II and III squads last Saturday, while the men’s cross country team placed 20th out of 47. At the meet, the men ran 8 kilometers while the women completed a 5-
kilometer race. Kate Warwick ’12 finished 70th overall and had a time of 18:58. Erin Bisceglia ’12 placed 177th overall with a time of 20:05, while Amelia Lundkvist ’14 finished 1 second after Bisceglia and placed 178th overall with a time of 20:06. Ali Kirsch ’14 finished the race 220th overall with a time of 20:43. At last year’s event, the women finished 20th overall. Evans was optimistic in looking toward the future and onto more meaningful meets for the team. Brandeis sent seven male runners to the race, led by Chris Brown ’12 who finished with a time of 25 minutes, 49 seconds and placed 62nd out of 318 competitors. In a tight race, the 15 runners who finished immediately before Brown all crossed the finish line within 10 seconds of each other. Notably absent from the Brandeis squad were Paul Norton ’11 and Marc Boutin ’12, who coach John Evans said were “training” and unable to race. Although the Brandeis men’s team came in 20th this past weekend, Evans said that if Norton and Boutin participated, the team “probably would have won.” Brown was still disappointed by the team’s performance despite the team missing two of its best runners. “We were without two of our top runners, so we knew it wasn’t going to
be our best performance,” Brown said. “But we still expected to do a little bit better team-wise than we did.” Evans said that Norton will return and compete next weekend, but Boutin’s status is still undetermined. The other Brandeis runners at the meet were Kerwin Vega ’11 who ran his way to 70th overall with a time of 25:54; Taylor Dundas ’14, who finished 118th overall with a time of 26:18; and Dan Anastos ’11, who placed 122nd with a time of 26:21. Alex Kramer ’13 finished 135th overall with a time of 26:25 and was followed by Devon Holgate ’11, who placed 162nd with a time of 26:43. Ed Colvin ’14 finished 169th overall with a time of 26:47. Last year at the Open New England Championships, Brandeis finished third among Division III schools and 11th out of 47 schools. Norton finished the race sixth out of 320 runners with a time of 24:26. At that meet, Brown finished 43rd with a time of 25:39, while Boutin finished a mere 4 seconds later to place 50th overall. “Our goal is always to get ready for University Athletic Association Championships and Regionals,” Evans said. “We’re on track, ... and we’ll be ready.” The cross country teams have their next meet this Saturday at the University of Albany Invitational at 9:30 a.m.
GOING FOR THE KILL
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
MSOCCER: Team beats Rochester in away match CONTINUED FROM 16 midfielder Evan Ersing ’12 played a long ball upfield to Teece’s feet. Teece controlled the ball, ran past Rochester’s defensive markersand turned toward the goal. Rochester sophomore goalkeeper Scott Garfing made an attempt to close down Teece’s angle for a shot, but Teece fired a low drive into the lower right corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Teece’s tally ties him for second in the UAA in goals with seven and third for points with 16. “[Teece has] been on fire: He’s been playing very well and very aggressively,” said Coven. “He’s been winning the ball and taking it one on one. He beats his guy, and he’s been scoring goals.” Though Brandeis was outshot, the team nearly found the goal just 2 minutes later as midfielder Steve Keuchkarian ’11 fired a shot toward the Rochester goal that Garfing saved for his first of two saves on the game. In the second half, the Yellowjackets had a slew of chances to score an equalizer. In the 50th minute, Rochester senior midfielder Jimmy Parinello shot
from long range and hit the post. On the ensuing play, junior forward Josh Richards fired a shot back into play that Bracken stopped. Midfielder Joe Eisenbies ’13 kept the Judges in front late on in the match as he provided a clearance off the goal line in the 89th minute. Rochester junior defender Scott Zorn beat his defender and powered a free header toward the goal that Eisenbies cleared away. Rochester had a chance to put in the rebound, but Bracken made another save to keep the Judges ahead. In the 90th minute, Yellowjackets junior defender Alex Osuch fired a ball toward the net, but Bracken stopped the chance for his final save of the day. The Judges, who have a threegame homestand next from Friday to Oct. 20, have seven games left on the calendar. The team’s next game is Friday against Carnegie Mellon University at 6:30 p.m. “If the whole team plays the way they did defensively on Saturday, I say we have a good chance in the games we have coming up,” Coven said.
WSOCCER: Squad loses for the first time since Sept 1 CONTINUED FROM 16
JOSHUA LINTON/Justice File Photo
IN THE AIR: Defensive specialist Susan Sun ’13 leaps for the ball in the volleyball team’s 3-1 win over Gordon College on Sept. 10.
VBALL: Judges win all three matches CONTINUED FROM 16 Blasco also had 29 assists, while setter Yael Einhorn ’14 had 12 digs. Kim said that not having to face Emerson senior middle hitter and captain Lauren Zaniboni made the matchup easier for the Judges. “Emerson was missing their goto player [in Zaniboni] and I think it
really affected how they played as a team; it definitely made them weaker.” Regardless, Kim was satisfied that the Judges were able to capitalize and sweep the match against Emerson. The Judges return to conference play this week, when they will host the second University Athletic
Association round-robin of the season. On Saturday, they begin play with early-morning matches against Case Western Reserve University and New York University. They follow that action with another set of matches on Sunday versus Emory University and Carnegie Mellon University.
head, but Kofinas was able to dive back for the save before the ball went over the goal line. Theodore has been pleased with Kofina’s play over the year. “I think [Kofinas] has done great,” midfielder Mimi Theodore ’12 said. “She’s on a bad ankle right now. She did some great things. She’s very composed. [Assistant coach Amanda Webb, a former goalie at Dartmouth College] has done a great job working with her, building her confidence. All around, her whole effort has been that much better. She is doing a great job with corners, moving off to the ball, making great distributions, and I think a lot of that has to do with her confidence. However, in the second half, it was Rochester that had multiple chances to score, as the Yellowjackets outshot Brandeis 11-3 in the half. Rochester’s best chance to pad the lead came in the 75th minute, when Ross’ shot went off the post. Despite being outshot in the period, the Judges had one final chance to tie the game in the 86th minute when Theodore fed the ball to midfielder Alanna Torre ’12 on a breakaway. Torre’s shot went wide of the net by a few yards. Theodore noted that the Judges decided to change up their offensive formation for this game, but Rochester’s defense adjusted accordingly. “We normally play a four-fourtwo, and then [Saturday] we came out in a four-four-three, and then we kind of played eventually with four in the back and then five in the midfield and one up top,” Theodore said. “Their
defense did a good job of covering up that one person up top. It was hard for the defenders and midfielders to find that lone striker to get anything going.” This was just the second time all season the Judges had been shut out, and the first time since Sept. 5. Brandeis had scored 20 goals in its last five games before facing Rochester, including a sixgoal game and two five-goal games, but they were unable to score against the Yellowjacket defense. “I think we were maybe hoping that they would think we were coming out in a four-four-two and maybe kind of throw off their game a little bit by coming out in a different formation,” Theodore said. “I thought we thought maybe we’d be able to control the midfield a little bit more and almost shut down their midfield from finding their strikers. I think we were just seeing how they would react to the [new] formation, but they reacted pretty well.” The Judges were also playing without two players who started the season for the team. Defender Allisom Maresca ’12 missed her second game with an ankle injury, and midfielder Ellie Einhorn ’11 missed the game because she was taking the LSAT. Brandeis’ scheduled home game against Tufts University on Oct 6 was canceled because of rain, and a make-up date could not be scheduled. The Judges are next in action this afternoon at Clark University at 6 p.m. before returning home for a UAA doubleheader against Carnegie Mellon University Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 13 Emory University Sunday at 11 a.m.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
Men’s team succeeds in Wallach Invitational ■ The men’s tennis team
had several players advance to the late rounds in the Bates College tournament. By JONATHAN STEINBERG JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Playing in its final tournament of the fall season, the men’s tennis team proved to be a formidable opponent at the James Wallach Invitational at Bates College, coach Ben Lamanna’s alma mater. The Judges reached the quarterfinals across all singles and doubles flights four times, the semifinals twice and the finals once. They also forced a total of four third-set tiebreakers in singles action, though the Judges never ended up on the winning end of these matches. In the flight A doubles bracket, the squad fielded two doubles teams: No. 2 seed Simon Miller ’11 and Nick White ’11 and Steven Milo ’13 and Ezra Bernstein ’13. Milo and Bernstein were ousted from the bracket early, losing their first-round match 8-5 to Colby College junior Tom Kimball and senior Michael Johnsen. Miller and White advanced to the quarterfinals after a first-round bye and faced the duo of Colby junior Joe Albano and sophomore Matthew Mantikas, defeating them 8-4. In the semifinals, the duo faced Skidmore College senior Yahia Imam and junior Luke Granger and defeated the
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BACKHAND: Nick White ’11 looks to return a shot in the team’s match on Oct. 1. team 8-6. In their finals match, Miller and White were pitted against the first-seeded doubles team of Skidmore freshman Jimmy Sherpa and senior Spencer Cheng. Miller and White did not come out on top of this match, falling 8-4 to finish second in the bracket.
Miller said that he was very happy with the strong play but wishes he and White could have taken that last match. “We played well overall and fought hard,” Miller said. “In our first match [last Sunday], we played tough in the big moments, but in the
finals, we just couldn’t put it together on the big points.” Lamanna also praised their play and noted that it should bump them up in the Northeast rankings. “[Miller] and [White] compliment each other very well on the court, and they fought really hard together,” said Lamanna. “This performance should put them in the top six in the Northeast and put them in good shape for a run at Nationals in the spring.” The Judges only sent one team to play in the flight B doubles bracket: Josh Jordan ’13 and Brandon Frank ’14. The duo lost their opening round match. In singles play, White and Miller both competed in the flight A singles bracket. Both players lost their opening round matches. White, though initially ahead one set, was defeated by Kimball 2-6, 6-4, 10-8. Miller once again faced Cheng, but was unable to take the rematch. Despite forcing a third-set tiebreaker, Cheng defeated Miller 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. Milo and Bernstein competed for Brandeis in the flight B singles bracket. Bernstein, after forcing a third-set tiebreaker, lost his opening round match to Bates freshman Ben Bogard 6-1, 2-6, 10-7. Milo handled Albano in his first-round match 6-1, 6-3, but would lose in the quarterfinals, losing 6-2, 6-0 to Skidmore freshman Oliver Loutsenko, who would go on to win the bracket. In the flight C singles bracket, Dave Yovanoff ’13 required a third set tiebreaker in his opening round
match, but would lose 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 to Colby freshman Jason Ottomano. Jordan defeated Vassar sophomore Josh Kessier 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round and won 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Jordan was paired against Sherpa of Skidmore. Jordan came short, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Sherpa, who would go on to win the bracket. Frank and Adam Brown ’14 rounded out the action for Brandeis in the flight D singles bracket. Brown lost his first-round match to Colby freshman Matt Carroll 6-2, 6-2. Frank made it through to the quarterfinals after defeating Vassar sophomore Euma Matthew in the first round 6-1, 6-3. He would lose his next match to the eventual winner and No. 1 seed, Skidmore freshman Danny Knight after retiring in the first set. The men’s squad will not return to action until February break, when they, along with the women’s squad, will travel to California for a series of dual matches. The women play their final tournament of the fall season on Oct. 15 in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament Championships at Tufts University. Miller says that he and the team are really excited for the trip and will practice hard until then. “During the offseason, we are going to keep working on our mental toughness,” said Miller. “We don’t always play as well as we are able to when the pressure is on. This is going to change.”
It’s all in
Siblings Luke ’12 and Annie Teece ’14 continue a soccer tradition By JEFFREY BOXER JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
It is rare to see a brother and sister go to the same college. It is rarer still for them to both play soccer on their respective squads. But what gives Luke Teece ’12 and Annie Teece’s ’14 story a moviescript feel is that they are the second generation of Teeces to play soccer for the Judges and the third generation to play on Gordon Field. Before Luke and Annie were each recruited to play midfield for Brandeis, their father, Mark Teece ’81, also played midfield for the Judges. Coach Michael Coven, who has coached Luke for his first three years on the men’s team, was also the coach when Mark was on the team. “Mark was a great player,” Coven said. “He had a series of very serious knee operations and missed a lot of time, but he was an integral part of some very important teams.” Mark’s injury occurred before his junior year, when he tore his ACL and missed the season. Still, Mark stayed connected to the team, including covering it for the Justice. He returned his senior year and was named a team captain, but he shattered his knee running into a
goalpost and missed the rest of the season. After graduating, Mark became the first full-time sports information director at Brandeis, a position he held for a little more than a year. Mark though, was not even the first Teece to play on Gordon Field. Mark’s father, Dave Teece, played football for American International College in Springfield, Mass. and played against Brandeis in the early 1950s. Coven explained that an AIC connection was part of the reason that Mark was recruited to play at Brandeis. “Dave Teece’s football coach at AIC was Nick Rodis,” Coven said. “Rodis then became the first athletic director at Brandeis, and in 1972, an AIC soccer graduate named Mike Coven interviewed for the soccer job. Rodis hired me in part because of our AIC connection. When Mark Teece was a Hampshire regional high school star in Western Massachusetts, Dave Teece helped get Mark to come to Brandeis.” Mark, in turn, raised both Luke and Annie as huge soccer fans. “We’re all big soccer fans,” Mark said. “And growing up, they loved to play, and since we lived in Arizona, they really played year round.”
“He was basically our coach growing up, and we’ve been playing soccer for as long as I can remember,” Annie added. Mark, who says that he still regularly talks to Coven, introduced both of his kids to Brandeis. “The connection is coach Coven,” Mark said. “I’ve known him since 1975, and he always said that he would love to have Luke come and play for him. Annie wanted to go to school in Boston because she loved the city.” Both Luke and Annie said that while Brandeis was not their first choice, they have loved their timehere so far. “I didn’t come here with huge expectations, but it’s worked out very nicely,” Luke said. Coven said that Luke, who leads the team with seven goals this season, including the game-winner in its victory over the University of Rochester last Saturday, takes after his father on the pitch. “Luke has a little more speed and may be a little bigger, but they both have the goal-scoring mentality and both have played huge roles for us,” Coven said. Annie, who scored her first collegiate goal at Simmons College Sept. 26, said that she was initially hesitant about going to school with her brother. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to
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SIBLINGS: Luke Teece ’12 and Annie Teece ’14 both play soccer for the Judges. the same school,” Annie said. “My brother has done so well, especially in soccer. So it was a little daunting, but it has worked out well. We’re basically the only family in the direct area, so it’s worked out
well as a support group.” Though the two may be the only ones in the immediate area at the moment, the Teece family certainly has a long-standing legacy at Brandeis.
THE JUSTICE ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yankees defeat Twins 6-1 to return to the ALCS
Grayce Selig ’11 ■ The women’s cross country runner finished seventh out of 322 runners in the Open New England Championships last Saturday. Facing competition from Division I, II and III schools at the Open New England Championships last Saturday, Grayce Selig ’11 did not know what to expect from herself. However, Selig impressed in the 5kilometer race, finishing seventh overall out of 322 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds. Her overall time translates to an average 1-mile time of 5:43. “I went out pretty conservatively, then moved my way up, just tried to pace myself off certain people,” Selig said. “I kind of just moved up slowly. I didn’t know what to expect, because it was really my first race.” Selig’s seventh-place finish is all the more impressive considering that she was the fastest Division III runner, She placed behind six Division I runners from three schools: The University of Maine, Boston College and Boston University. Maine sophomore Corey Conner was the only runner to finish the race in less than 17 minutes. She won with a time of 16:54. Overall, the Judges finished 22nd of 47 schools. “I think by the end of the season, we should place a little higher,” Selig said. “We didn’t run our entire team, and a couple of people were sick. We should do a bit better.” Selig attributed the women’s cross country team’s potential to its dedication and training regimen during the summer and this season.
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goals scored by the women’s soccer team in its loss to University of Rochester last Saturday. It was the second time this season that the team was shut out.
victories, all sweeps, for the volleyball team last week. They defeated Keene State College, Colby-Sawyer College and Emerson College in straight sets.
th place finish for Grayce Selig ’11 in the Open New England Championships last Saturday. She finished behind six Division I runners with a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds.
goal, scored by forward men’s soccer forward Luke Teece ’12, in the team’s win over Rochester last Saturday.
saves made by men’s soccer goalie Taylor Bracken ’11 in the team’s 1-0 win against Rochester last Saturday.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SHAEFALI SHANDILYA/Justice File Photo
“We all train pretty hard over the summer,” she said. “We have high mileage. We run every day, and that’s definitely why we are all running so well this season. Everyone is putting in the work, and that’s how you get the
results.” The women’s cross country team is next in action this Saturday at the University of Albany Invitational.
UAA STANDINGS Men’s Soccer
Not including Monday’s games
Not including Monday’s games
UAA Conference WL T Emory 1 0 1 New York 1 0 1 Washington 1 0 1 JUDGES 1 1 0 Case 1 1 0 Chicago 1 1 0 Rochester 0 1 1 Carnegie 0 2 0
UAA Conference W LT Chicago 2 00 Washington 1 0 1 JUDGES 1 10 Case 1 10 New York 1 10 Rochester 1 10 Emory 0 11 Carnegie 0 20
W 10 7 9 7 6 7 6 8
L 0 2 0 3 3 4 1 2
Overall T Pct. 1 .955 2 .727 3 .875 0 .700 3 .625 0 .636 4 .727 0 .800
W 7 6 8 8 5 8 8 6
L 3 5 2 3 6 3 1 5
Overall T Pct. 1 .682 1 .542 1 .773 1 .708 2 .462 1 .708 2 .818 0 .545
TEAM LEADERS MSoccer (points)
Midfielder Luke Teece ’12 leads the team with 16 points this season.
Forward Sofia Vallone ’11 leads the team with 24 points this year.
Player Luke Teece Alexander Farr Joe Eisenbies Lee Russo Nick George
Player Sofia Vallone Tiffany Pacheco Mimi Theodore Alanna Torre Hillary Andrews
Points 16 11 10 10 9
Points 24 16 13 6 5
Outside hitter Paige Blasco ’11 leads the team with 247 kills.
Defensive specialist Susan Sun ’12 leads the team with 238 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
Kills 247 192 138 82 78
Digs 238 229 217 184 156
UPCOMING GAME OF THE WEEK Men’s soccer vs. Emory Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Judges host rival Emory University Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Gordon Field.
straight points won by the volleyball team to start the third set against Emerson. The Judges won the match in straight sets.
The men’s soccer team broke its three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over University of Rochester last Saturday. The team will look to continue its success in the University Athletic Association when it takes on Emory University Sunday at 1 p.m. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Judges 3-0 in Atlanta. Emory
scored two goals in the first half to secure the win. Brandeis outshot Emory 11-9 but could not score a goal in the game. This season, Emory is in first place in the UAA and is undefeated with a record of 10-0-1. The team began its UAA schedule last Saturday with a 10 win over University of Chicago.
NEW YORK—Come October, the New York Yankees speed past the Minnesota Twins with ease. Phil Hughes pitched seven shutout innings, designated hitter Marcus Thames and right fielder Nick Swisher homered, and the Yankees beat the Twins 6-1 Saturday night to complete yet another three-game sweep of Minnesota and return to the American League Championship Series. “We really wanted to close it out here,” Hughes said. Second baseman Robinson Cano tripled off pitcher Brian Duensing in the second inning and scored on catcher Jorge Posada’s single; first baseman Mark Teixeira added an RBI single in the third; and Thames made it 4-0 in the fourth with his first career postseason homer, a tworun drive over the right-field scoreboard. Swisher added a solo homer in the seventh against pitcher Scott Baker. The wild-card Yankees, rebounding from a late-season fade in which they lost 17 of their final 26 games, begin the ALCS on Friday at Texas or Tampa Bay. With the short first-round series, the defending World Series champions put pitcher CC Sabathia in position to start the opener. The AL Central champion Twins lost their 12th straight postseason game dating to 2004, one shy of the record set by the Boston Red Sox from 1986 to 1995. In addition to this year, the Yankees knocked out the Twins in the first round in 2003, 2004 and last season. New York outscored the Twins 17-7 in this series and scorched them 69-36 in the four playoff triumphs. “We expect everyone to produce. We don’t just rely on one or two guys,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We rely on a circular lineup.” With Minnesota badly missing first baseman Justin Morneau, who has been sidelined since midseason because of a concussion, the heart of the Twins’ order Saturday, AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer and right fielder Jason Kubel, combined to go three for 20 (.150) with no RBIs in the series. “Right now, we’re in a little rut here. We can’t seem to get it together once we get into the playoffs,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We have to do some more searching here on how to get it done.” After leading the major leagues during the regular season with a .285 average with runners in scoring position, the Twins couldn’t get a single clutch hit in the playoffs. With runners in scoring position, they went an almost impossibly bad zero for 14 before center fielder Denard Span’s too-little, too-late single in the eighth off pitcher Kerry Wood. Second baseman Orlando Hudson followed with an RBI single, and a Mauer walk loaded the bases. Pitcher Boone Logan threw one pitch, retiring Kubel on an infield fly, and pitcher David Robertson got left fielder Delmon Young on an inning-ending flyout.
No. 1 Crimson Tide falls 35-21 to South Carolina COLUMBIA, S.C.—After delivering University of South Carolina’s biggest win ever, all coach Steve Spurrier could do was smile. “I think that this game was meant to be,” he said. The way the Gamecocks played, it sure seemed like it. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes, two to receiver Alshon Jeffery, and running back Marcus Lattimore scored three times as 19thranked South Carolina stunned No. 1 University of Alabama 35-21 last Saturday. Never before had the Gamecocks beaten a team ranked No. 1, at least not in football. So Spurrier had plenty of reason to bask in one of the biggest victories of his illustrious career. When Spurrier arrived at South Carolina from the Washington Redskins, expectations in Columbia soared. He had dominated the Southeastern Conference and led University of Florida to a national championship in 1996 before trying out the NFL. South Carolina has been solid under Spurrier but still hasn’t won the SEC East, and it has never really come close. This bunch of Gamecocks might be able to change that with a winning mix of dynamic skill players and dominating defenders that could keep them in the title chase all season. “I said, ‘Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday then let’s give it a chance. Let’s give fate a chance to happen,’” Spurrier said. Opponents have had little chance against Alabama the past few seasons. The defending national champions had won 19 straight games, including last week’s 31-6 rout of Florida, since losing the Sugar Bowl to University of Utah after the 2008 season. But facing a third consecutive ranked SEC team caught up with Alabama as Garcia and the Gamecocks used the Crimson Tide’s formula for success: cashing in on chances close to the goal line and limiting the country’s best tailback duo, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, to 64 yards. South Carolina shredded the country’s top-rated scoring defense, putting up the most points on Alabama since a 41-34 loss to Louisania State University in 2007. The Gamecocks scored four touchdowns when they got inside the ’Bama 20-yard line double what the Crimson Tide had allowed coming in. “It’s not like we just lost. They beat us,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban, now 1-3 against Spurrier. “They outexecuted us. They played better than we played. They played with more intensity. They played physical.” Saban wants the Tide to remember this should they run into the Gamecocks for the SEC championship game. “I actually talked to [quarterback Greg] McElroy after the game, and he said, ‘We’ll see you all again,’” said Garcia, who was pulled from South Carolina’s last game, a 35-27 loss at Auburn University, after fumbling twice. Garcia was a tidy 17 of 20 for 201 yards and the one interception. He also picked up a critical fourth-and-1 on the final scoring drive. Jeffery had seven receptions for 127 yards, including touchdown catches of 26 and 15 yards.
A FAMILY TRADITION Soccer players Luke Teece ’12 and Annie Teece ’14 share a special bond with their father and grandfather, p. 14.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
PAST THE DEFENDER
Team’s winning streak snapped ■ The women’s soccer team,
which had won its last seven games, lost to University of Rochester 1-0 last Saturday. By MELISSA SIEGEL JUSTICE SENIOR WRITER
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RUNNING AWAY: Midﬁelder Theo Terris ’12 dribbles past Clark University sophomore midﬁelder William Van Noppen in the men’s soccer team’s 1-0 home win Sept. 11.
Judges end three-game skid ■ The men’s soccer team
defeated University of Rochester 1-0 last Saturday with a goal from midﬁelder Luke Teece ’12. By JULIAN CARDILLO JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The men’s soccer team grabbed its first University Athletic Association victory of the season last Saturday against University of Rochester away from home. Midfielder Luke Teece ’12 scored the game’s only goal, his strike
from outside the penalty area acting as the decisive tally in the match. Entering the game, the Judges, now 7-3 on the season, were on a three-game skid having not won since a 13-0 win over Newbury College on Sept. 16. The Judges’ defense, which had only allowed one goal until the team’s first loss of the season, had been experiencing similar troubles having let in seven goals over a three-game losing streak. But Brandeis was able to find its form for its first win of October. Goalkeeper Taylor Bracken ’11 played the full 90 minutes and made nine saves for his sixth
shutout of the season. Coach Michael Coven thought Bracken played extremely well in the team’s first University Athletic Association game of the season against Rochester. “It was one of the best performances by a goalkeeper I’ve ever seen at Brandeis,” Coven said. “Shots that were definitely goals, he made incredible saves on, and he came up big. It was a wonderful effort by the entire team, but if he hadn’t performed as he did, we would have lost that game” The Rochester Yellowjackets, who were undefeated as they entered last Saturday’s contest with Brandeis, had scored 20 goals
in the season and had only been shut out two prior times in 0-0 draws against Hobart University and New York University. Rochester tried to avoid being shut out for a third time this season by flexing its offensive muscles, outshooting the Judges 20-7. Bracken’s effort kept the Yellowjackets at bay, with the Judges’ keeper now ranked first in the UAA in saves per game and is ranked fourth for total saves with 33. Of Brandeis’ seven chances, the Judges would only need one to ensure victory. In the 30th minute,
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Two seasons ago, University of Rochester then-sophomore forward Bridgette Varin scored four goals in a 5-1 Yellowjackets victory over the Brandeis women’s soccer team. This year, Varin, now a senior, only scored one goal against Brandeis, but that proved to be all Rochester needed. The Yellowjackets defeated the No. 15 Judges last Saturday 1-0, giving Brandeis its second loss of the season. The loss snapped a sevengame winning streak and a ninegame unbeaten streak for the Judges, who now stand at 8-2-1 on the year and 1-1 in the University Athletic Association. Varin’s gamewinning goal came in the 63rd minute on a long ball from along the left sideline. The shot went over the head of goalkeeper Francine Kofinas ’13 and landed inside the right post. The Judges had several scoring opportunities in the first half, when they outshot the Yellowjackets 8-4. Forward Sofia Vallone ’11, who leads the team with 11 goals in 11 games this year, almost put her team ahead early in the first period. In the 14th minute, Vallone had two shots saved by Rochester sophomore goalkeeper Bridget Lang, including one from the top of the box. Then, in the 17th minute, forward Tiffany Pacheco ’11 was tripped by Lang just outside the goal. Vallone’s free kick went off the post, and Lang saved a rebound shot by midfielder Madeline Stein ’14. Kofinas also made a key save of her own in the first half. A shot by Rochester senior midfielder/forward Kirsten Ross in the 12th minute floated over the goalie’s
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Squad wins all three of its matches without dropping a set ■ The volleyball team swept
all three of its matches last week against Keene State, Colby-Sawyer and Emerson. By ADAM RABINOWITZ JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
After losing two of three conference matches last week, the volleyball team capitalized in the Keene State College Invitational by sweeping Keene State College and ColbySawyer College at Keene State last Saturday. The Judges also swept Emerson College last Tuesday, giving them a record of 13-7 on the year.
Brandeis ended the week with a resounding 3-0 triumph over Keene State. The Judges earned the victory by margins of 25-19, 25-17 and 2624. Outside hitter Paige Blasco ’11 totaled 15 kills and four digs, while setter Abby Blasco ’11 notched five kills, 21 assists and 10 digs. Outside hitter/libero Si-Si Hensley ’14 notched another six kills and 11 digs in the win, while outside hitter/middle blocker Lauren Burns ’13 contributed six kills and eight digs of her own. Earlier in the day, the Judges also handily defeated the ColbySawyer Chargers by scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-23. The matches were close, but ultimately the Judges
were able to achieve what they have struggled to do throughout the season: finish games. Paige Blasco earned nine kills and 11 digs, while Abby Blasco had 20 assists, four kills and six digs. Middle blocker Nicole Smith ’11 had eight kills and defensive specialist Susan Sun ’13 contributed 23 digs in the win. Coach Michelle Kim commented in an e-mail to the Justice that the victories in the tournament this weekend proved that the team “worked hard on ball control and became more consistent in overall play.” She believed they “were both good teams with whom we would need to play really well” and was impressed with the Judges’ domi-
nance of them. Last Tuesday night, the Judges showcased their play at home with a commanding and quick sweep of Emerson College by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-7. This was perhaps the team’s best match of the season as it held their opponent to no more than 14 points in a given set. In the first set, Brandeis jumped to a quick 8-2 lead, but eventually ceded 7 of the next 11 points to allow the Lions to close the gap at 13-9. From there, the Judges took control, notching nine of the next 10 points to cruise to a 22-10 lead and a 25-12 victory. Things got easier in the second set as the team jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. As the set pro-
gressed, the Judges established its dominance by roaring to a 20-7 lead. They had a little difficulty putting away the Lions, allowing for a brief 3-point surge and scoring 4 of the next 9 points. However, Brandeis was able to get its act together and clinch the set at a sizable margin of 25-14. The Judges rolled off the first 14 points in the third set. At this point, Brandeis had no problem securing the win. The team skillfully worked its way to a 25-7 win, its largest margin of victory in the season. Smith earned 11 kills and four assists in the match. Paige Blasco recorded another double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Abby
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ARTS “waterways” and
“Painting” Open new
season at the
Rose Photo and design: Robyn Spector/the Justice.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
INSIDE ON CAMPUS
■ Boris’ Kitchen’s ‘Old Sh*t Show’ 19 Sketch comedy group Boris’ Kitchen performed its annual fall show in the Alumni Lounge last Friday.
19 ■ Cello and piano concert Cellist Prof. Joshua Gordon (MUS) and pianist Randall Hodgkinson gave a recital titled Passionately Modern: Music for Cello and Piano after World War II on Oct. 2. ■ Lamine Touré residency preview 20 Boston-based Afro-pop band Group Saloum and renowned Senegalese percussionist Lamine Touré will come to Brandeis tomorrow for a 4-day residency. 20 ■ OK Go interview OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash sat down with justArts in an exclusive interview.
21 ■ ‘Rock of Ages’ review The 1980s classic rock-inspired Broadway musical made its way to Boston last week at Boston’s Colonial Theatre. 22 ■ Solea review Despite offering an impressive variety of tapas, the Waltham restaurant failed to deliver dishes that justified its high prices. 23 ■ ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ Adapted from Ned Vezzini’s second novel, the film provides comedy while covering serious issues like teen suicides.
INTERVIEW by Shelly Shore
We’ve all been there: You’re in the third grade. It’s almost recess. All you want is to go play on the swing set, and your teachers just want to make you learn. Annoying, right? Kind of made you want to stage a rebellion, right? This week, 9-year-old Beatrice Delap of Greenwich, England decided that she was quite done paying attention to her teachers at Meridian Primary School and wrote a letter to Johnny Depp, currently shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 4 nearby. The letter read: “Captain Jack Sparrow, At Meridian Primary School we are a bunch of budding young pirates and we are having a bit of trouble mutiny-ing against the teachers, and we’d love it if you could come and help. Beatrice Delap, aged nine, a budding pirate. PS, we have a plentiful supply of rum.” Maybe it was the sheer adorableness of 9year-olds staging mutiny or maybe just the promise of rum (which was hopefully an empty one), but Johnny Depp took Beatrice’s letter to heart and arrived last Thursday at Meridian Primary School in full Jack Sparrow regalia. Depp’s security team only alerted the school 10 minutes before his arrival (surprise pirate attack!), and an onlooker reported the most “incredible screams of joy” as he entered the school. In an interview with London Tonight, Beatrice reported, “He asked where I was in the audience. I put my hand up, and I got to go up, and he gave me a hug.” She gushed, “He gave me a hug and he said, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today ’cos there are police outside monitoring me.’” (Police have been a constant presence in South London as filming has gone on at the 18th-century Old Naval College, parts of which have been
World music to grace Brandeis ■ Afro-pop fusion band Lamine
Touré and Group Saloum will take residency at Brandeis this week.
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PIRATE’S DREAM: Johnny Depp surprised 9year-old Beatrice Delap by visiting her school. transformed to look like Gregorian London.) Back at Meridian Primary, Beatrice reluctantly agreed that mutiny probably “wasn’t a good idea.” However, when Depp asked her if she was going to be a pirate someday she brightly answered, “Maybe! I sail.” Clearly, Brandeis, Beatrice is much smarter than all of us. Take her advice! The next time your professor assigns a paper you don’t like or your midterms look like they’ll last forever, we know who to write to! Who knows—maybe he’ll bring the monkey with him!
What’s happening in Arts on and off campus
ON CAMPUS EVENTS Cheese Club cheese tasting It’s been a while since justArts ran its article titled “Cheese club promises to be a very gouda time,” which featured founders Alexandra Dougherty ’11 and Narre Heon ’11 talking about the club at its inception. The Cheese Club will have its first meeting for the new semester and bring a varied platter of American offerings to anyone who stops by. Tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
Linda Nathan at the Rose Art Museum Linda Nathan will speak on behalf of the Brandeis M.A.T. Program, a program that prepares students to teach in public elementary, secondary and Jewish Day schools. Nathan is the author of The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School and headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, the only Boston public school devoted to the visual and performing arts. Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Foster Room of the Rose Art Museum with a meetand-greet with the M.A.T. faculty from 7 to 8 p.m.
Music Department Open Mic at Slosberg The second of the Music department’s musical series that opens performances to all students, faculty and staff, Open Mic at Slosberg calls again on Brandeis talent to show their best. Last time, Prof. Eric Chasalow (MUS) and others gave attendees a varied showcase, so look forward to more offerings from peers and professors this Friday. The Music department encourages anyone and everyone to drop by the Slosberg Music Center and sign up. Friday at 3 p.m. in the Slosberg Recital Hall.
MusicUnitesUS fall 2010 residency: Lamine Touré and Group Saloum This week, Boston-based Afro-pop band Group Saloum will take residence at Brandeis for a series of class lectures, workshops and performances. Presented by the MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series, the 4-day event will end with a concert Saturday, Oct. 16 titled “Bàkk to the Future.” Founded by Senegalese percussionist Lamine Touré, Group Saloum fuses the infectious rhythms of Touré’s sabar drums with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat. Lamine Touré is widely recognized as one of Senegal’s leading percussionists, using the Senegalese mbalax style and touring Africa, Europe and North America. Touré’s global experience inspired him to create a new style of Afro-mbalax music, incorporating the diverse musical influences he encountered during his travels. Upon settling in Boston in 2001, Touré began to search for musicians who would help realize his inspiration and eventually formed Group Saloum. The residency will take place from Wednesday to Saturday at the Slosberg Music Center and other locations. Information and the full schedule can be found at http://musicunitesus.info/ schedule-fall2010.html.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDITH EISSENBERG
CROSSING CULTURES: Artists-in-residence Lamine Touré and Group Saloum will play a concert in the Slosberg Recital Hall this Saturday that ends their 4-day stay at Brandeis and showcases African rhythms.
Annual Fall Fest Variety Show As parents and family members visit their hardworking students at Brandeis this weekend, student groups and performers will once again represent the University’s top talents at the Annual Fall Fest Variety Show. The show, tailored to showcase the pride and spirit of the Brandeis community, is hosted by the Department of Student Activities as a part of Fall Fest. Brandeis is overflowing with talented students! Come join us to see all the terrific talents of many of campus performance groups, including Starving Artists, Adagio, Boris’ Kitchen, B’yachad, VoiceMale, Voices of Soul and many more! Be sure not to miss this amazing production! Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Levin Ballroom. Free and open to the public.
Wong Fu Productions fall college tour With over 400,000 subscribers and nearly 40 million upload views on its YouTube channel, Wong Fu Productions has become one of the prominent Asian-American voices on the Internet. The group’s comedy shorts, like “Yellow Fever,” make fun of modern social stereotypes and, intentionally or not, bring cultural issues surrounding Asian Americans to a mainstream audience. Members Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu will be coming to campus Sunday with the coordination of the Southeast Asia Club, the Brandeis Chinese Cultural Connection and the Brandeis AsianAmerican Students Association. A meet-andgreet with Wong Fu Productions in Ridgewood Commons will follow the event. Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Levin Ballroom. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for Brandeis students and can be purchased during the week at the Usdan Café or reserved by e-mailing WFPBrandeis@ gmail.com.
OFF CAMPUS EVENTS Hugh Masekela at the Berklee Performance Center Hugh Masekela is a renowned South African trumpet player whose career has spanned over four decades. As part of the World Music/CRASHarts series, an annual event season that brings top contemporary performance art to Boston, Masekela will feature his album Phola and new South African funk Afro-beat fusion band. He will be giving a free lecture at Lesley University’s Prospect. Friday at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Ave. Ticket information and the full CRASHarts fall schedule can be found online at worldmusic.org.
Broadway Across America, Boston presents ‘Rock of Ages’ Rock of Ages, the five-time Tony Awardnominated musical, will be coming to Boston in a limited 2-week engagement. The classic rock-inspired show will star Tony Award nominee, American Idol finalist and Boston Conservatory graduate Constantine Maroulis as Drew, a role that has received critical success on Broadway. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer and fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. Big hair meets big dreams in this love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, Boston-favorite Extreme and many more. Rock of Ages is playing in Boston’s Colonial Theatre at 106 Boylston St. until Sunday, Oct. 17. Tickets can be found online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 982-2787. For ticket prices, schedules and information, visit Broadway Across America’s website at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston.
Prof. Judith Eissenberg (MUS), the founder and director of MusicUnitesUS, has brought acclaimed musicians from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia to Brandeis since establishing the intercultural musical series in 2003. Eissenberg, who is also a violinist for the Lydian String Quartet, gave justArts an insightful look into the process of organizing Lamine Touré and Group Saloum’s stay at Brandeis this week. JustArts: Tell us about the MusicUnitesUS series. What is the purpose of these residencies? Judith Eissenberg: Well, the mission statement says: “to further the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music.” We had a musician from the Middle East say to the audience once, “You’ve heard a lot about Iraq in the news lately. How many of you have heard an Iraqi love song?” And then he played one. It’s kind of about that. JA: When did you first hear about Lamine Touré? JE: It was a few years ago; I think I was introduced to [curator Patricia Tang’s] work before I heard Lamine’s music. Patty is an ethnomusicologist—she wrote a wonderful book: Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal. In it, she examines the role of Wolof griots in contemporary Senegalese culture. Lamine was one of the percussionists she interviewed. So, I learned about Lamine through Patty. JA: How did you organize to bring his group on campus? JE: I first invited Lamine and Patty to be guests in the Intro to World Music class that I teach in the spring; that’s when I found out they are married! We had such a good time in the class; we started talking about doing a residency—bringing Lamine’s band, Group Saloum, with Patty as curator. She’ll be giving the preconcert talk as well. JA: What inspired you to incorporate the experiences of Brandeis students by hosting the photo exhibit at Slosberg? JE: This isn’t the first time we’ve had a spotlight exhibit. Our residency with Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal had a spotlight on India, and we did one on China during another residency. I think of these residencies as journeys, with music as the vehicle; … having a visual element offers another entry—a lens (a digital one in this case) into the exploration. I particularly like seeing these places through our students’ eyes. There is a big emphasis on people in these photos, which adds an intimacy to the experience. JA: What should students expect from the residency and concert next week? JE: There are 10 classes that are collaborating in the residency, making links to the curricula: Psychology, International Global Studies, [African and Afro-American Studies], Comparative Literature and so on from the so-called academic corners of the campus; and Drawing, Dance, and Global Pop from the arts. Each class will offer opportunities to mine the knowledge this music holds. We are so lucky to have Lamine, a griot (or guewel in Wolof), from a long lineage of oral historians. And the concerts? We can expect virtuosity that comes from discipline and talent, power, fun—not for the faint of heart or hearing and definitely for anyone who would like to experience joy! And by the way, there will be guitar, keyboard, brass, vocals and dance as well in the final concert. JA: Why is world music relevant? JE: There’s not space here to unpack the term “world music” … I rather like Roots magazine’s “local music from out there,” but even with that, you have to wonder what’s local and what’s out there anymore. World music—all music is relevant because it is the ebb and flow of human expression; we can learn so much about ourselves, you and me, from the conversation. And musicking is a conversation, one that has been going on for a very, very long time. There are all kinds of knowledge, old and new, embedded in the sounds we shape. We are inspired, consoled, seduced, angered, thrilled, reminded … by the songs that circle the world. JA: Does Touré’s music say anything special about Africa or its culture? JE: When I think of musical values in West Africa, I think of relationship between each of the parts, layering, texture, call and response. … Here, the sabar drum ensemble that forms the core of mbalax, the popular dance music of Senegal, is a prominent element of Group Saloum, which defines itself as an Afro-pop band. I would say that mbalax, which developed in the ’70s, was a move away from the more Western influenced popular music in Senegal and part of the back to the roots movement, a reaction against colonialism. On the other hand, you’ll hear plenty of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat … What can I say? It’s world music! —Wei-Huan Chen
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
ON CAMPUS COMEDY
Boris’ Kitchen cooks up a funny show ■ Boris’ Kitchen performed
its annual ‘Old Sh*t Show’ in the Alumni Lounge last Friday night, showcasing new members and original comedy sketches. By ARIEL KAY JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Brandeis’ all-original sketch comedy troupe, Boris’ Kitchen, opened its 2010 season last Friday with the Old Sh*t Show, a display of 14 short comedic vignettes. These stories all followed a simple formula: Several actors appear in an often-ludicrous situation, quick and witty dialogue is exchanged, and hilarity ensues. Sometimes sexual humor was exchanged for the second step, but the audience didn’t seem to mind. The scenes all melded well together without appearing choppy or unrelated—like a good potluck. I was particularly impressed with the Boris’ Kitchen writers (not all of whom appear onstage). Being funny in the moment is hard, but writing humor, without the visual aspect, is even harder. Sketches that the audience seemed to enjoy the most included one involving pilots teaching a hijacker proper technique and another about seventh-grade drug addicts. If these topics seem off-color, that’s the point. Part of the Old Sh*t Show’s charm is its ability to pull farce out of unexpected situations, like postmodernism or the Civil War. While some more-traditional setups were used (a date, group therapy), the majority of the skits relied on moreoriginal initial situations, which created unpredictable storylines and a legion of twisted characters. All the actors worked well together, playing off each other and allowing scenes to build. Briana Bensenouci ’12 and Rachel Benjamin ’14 displayed the best performances of the night, pulling off outrageous characters with enough poise to keep them from appearing cartoonish. It was especially refreshing to see so many females taking on physical comedy, a genre that is more typical of men. Women are more often relegated to the comic foil or love interest. In fact, I’d say that the ladies overall out-joked the men. This is not to say that the male members of Boris’ Kitchen didn’t
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ASHER KRELL/the Justice
SERVING LAUGHS: Members of Boris’ Kitchen make some funny faces while posing together after their ‘Old Sh*t Show’ performance, highlighting their strong group dynamic. keep up their share of the funny. Peter Charland’s ’14 aroused Civil War soldier and Jordan Warsoff’s ’11 too-enthusiastic pilot were also highlights of the performance. Sadrach Pierre ’13 and his use of unique facial expressions was also a crowd favorite. The overall atmosphere of the Old Sh*t Show increased the audience’s enjoyment of the night. The performance was held in Usdan’s Alumni Lounge, and the viewers sat on the floor. An area was cleared at the front of the room to act as the stage, and props were moved on and off at the beginning and end of each
vignette. This informal and cozy setting allowed everyone to feel an amiable sentiment toward both each other and the performers. Playing snippets of music in between each sketch added to the playful vibe of the show. Though the Old Sh*t Show was Boris’ Kitchen’s first outing of the year, the cast already worked together like old friends. There are five new members of the troupe this semester, including Benjamin and Charland. Yoni Bronstein ’13, the club’s treasurer, said he was “really impressed by our newest members. They really showed everyone what
they’re capable of, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the future.” Lydia Flier ’11 is the current troupe president. She feels that Friday’s performance was the most important of the three Boris’ Kitchen puts on each year. “This is the show where we incorporate our new members, show them what the troupe is like, and how we work. … This show is also where we revisit past hits, and as a senior, that was especially important to me.” Boris’ Kitchen has a 24-year history, and sketches are recycled from different years for each performance and mixed with
new material. In fact, the last sketch of the night was one all the actors involved had previously performed 3 years ago. They all reprised their original roles. Said Flier, “It felt different because we’ve all grown so much not just as comedians and actors, but also in our comfort with each other. But it was definitely a positive change.” The Boris’ Kitchen cast will next be appearing in The Festival, where it will perform alongside troupes from other colleges to raise money for charity. Don’t miss out on this next serving of humor from the Kitchen.
Musicians’ performance elicits range of emotions ■ Cellist Prof. Joshua
Gordon (MUS) and pianist Randall Hodgkinson play award-winning music in Passionately Modern: Music for Cello and Piano. By GLORIA PARK JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
For those who view classical music as predictable, generic and unrelatable for the general audience to appreciate, and even for those accustomed to listening to Mozart and Beethoven, cellist Prof. Joshua Gordon (MUS) and pianist Randall Hodgkinson would surely change your mind. Their most recent performance, Passionately Modern: Music for Cello and Piano after World War II, took place on Oct. 3 in the Slosberg Recital Hall. According to the program, the Gordon & Hodgkinson Duo’s critically acclaimed New World recording, Leo Ornstein: Complete Works For Cello and Piano, was named one of the top 10 classical recordings of 2007 by the All Music Guide. However, one need not see the duo’s impressive background to hear and witness its fear-
less execution and complete mastery of musicality and professionalism. Gordon offered his explanation of modern music after World War II to the audience: “The three works here are hardly representative of every possible direction that music was headed in after [World War II], nor are they necessarily representative of the cutting edge for that time. But each work stands out as a complete, communicative and passionately expressive statement, showing that the combination of cello and piano is still filled with possibilities, and capable of using modern materials while carrying on a heroic and virtuosic tradition.” Gordon and Hodgkinson demonstrated the previous statement with great capability as they explored modern motifs in each work that often incorporated more thematic, traditional ideas in unexpected, sometimes startling ways. While every movement of the three works defied conventional categorization, there was a unifying effect on the audience that made them feel in ways that no classical, Renaissance genre could—in the midst of conflicting atonality, restricted bow techniques and discordant rhythms under tension, a strong, provocative expression of an individual emerged at various twists.
The performance began with Sonata in C, Op. 65 by British composer Benjamin Britten, who wrote the piece for the renowned Soviet cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in 1960. The composer described the opening movement, “Dialogo: Allegro,” as a “discussion of a tiny motive of a rising or falling second,” consisting of initial short chords and abrupt bowings of the cello and inharmonious lines of the piano gradually coming to an agreement by which the two instruments responded to each other’s melodies and even switched roles. The movement was followed by “ScherzoPizzicato: Allegretto,” during which tonality was purposely shifted and haphazardly organized while Gordon’s tumultuous pizzicato complemented Hodgkinson’s lyrical statements. During “Elegia: Lento,” the two musicians painted a gloomy and forlorn background, with bittersweet melody with a twist in the traditional ABAB pattern. “Marcia: Energico” seemed to reflect the cello as a mourning, screeching voice that resulted from subsequently increasing tension from preceding movements. Lastly, “Moto Perpetuo: Presto” consisted of both instruments taking turns generating a series of short but energetic pulses of
minor chords that increasingly startled the audience when they experienced thrill within discomfort. Looking around the audience, I noticed various responses—many people were respectful elders who seemed to absorb the shocks that the two musicians released through their mediums of expression, either by silently nodding or watching the performance attentively with teary eyes. Some seemed to be transfixed by their memories of the past. Some students sat in respect, impressed by the complex yet clear expressiveness of the music. Their next piece was Duo Concertante by Gunther Schuller, who personally inspired Gordon during a fellowship at what was then called the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in 1984. It consisted of three movements, each with a different mood to be captured: some forlorn and harsh, some eerie and disturbing and some peaceful and heavenly while deviating from the traditional tonal melody. This piece fully rejected the misconception that modern music cannot be melodic and expressive. The truth is quite the opposite—it is full of twists and surprises of beautiful, unique combinations of ideas that absolutely resist simple identification.
Last, but not least, was Sonata in C Major, Op. 115 by Sergey Prokofiev, which ended the program with a refreshing tone with traditional Russian folk themes that never fully developed nor crystallized due to its modern-themed interruptions. Its second movement, “Moderato,” began reflecting Prokofiev’s dedication to writing music for children, evolved into a sweet romantic melody in the middle and reverted back to playful tones towards the end. Amusingly, its unexpected ending caused several members in the audience to gasp in incredulous disbelief that the performance had just ended. Soon after, however, the audience began to applaud for the pair’s extraordinary musicianship. Leaving Slosberg, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself relieved and refreshed, as Gordon and Hodgkinson completely commanded my fullest attention and magically lured me into their fantastic world of modern music. As much as it refuses categorization, it limits words to fully justify the high caliber of its composition and execution. In order to better understand the duo’s work, I recommend experiencing it firsthand at Joshua Gordon’s website, joshuagordoncello.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
Touré arrives with Africa’s fiery beats ■ The 4-day MusicUnitesUs
residency starting tomorrow will include discussions, workshops and concerts. By WEI-HUAN CHEN JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
I can hardly recall a more intimate learning experience in my 13 years as a musician than playing with members of Nettle and Alim and Fargana Qasimov, two groups that Prof. Judith Eissenberg (MUS) brought from Spain and Azerbaijan, respectively, to Brandeis for her MusicUnitesUS program. Perhaps those experiences could be trumped by the Latin drum circle workshop led by Afro-Cuban band Obbini Tumbao for last fall’s residency or its concert, which prompted audience members to get out of their seats and join the band in dance—something I’ve never seen happen at the Slosberg Recital Hall. This week, I’m prepared to be amazed by the Intercultural Residency Series once again. Afro-pop band Group Saloum and renowned Senegalese percussionist Lamine Touré’s arrival at Brandeis tomorrow will mark another exciting opportunity for the exchange of cross-cultural learning and performance. With the help of residency curator Patricia Tang, an MIT music professor and ethnomusicologist, Touré and Group Saloum will light up the campus with their fiery mbalax rhythms and infectious sabar drum beats for 4 days of workshops, lectures and performances. “We are so lucky to have Lamine, a griot (West African historian) [from whom] ... we can expect virtuosity that comes from discipline and talent, power, fun,” Prof. Eissenberg said in an interview with the Justice. “[The concert is] not for the faint of heart or hearing, and definitely for anyone who would like to experience joy.” In addition to integrating the residency with a total of 10 Brandeis courses this week—Group Saloum will participate in open lectures and classes from the Psychology, International and Global Studies and Fine Arts departments—Eissenberg will also feature a photography exhibit in Slosberg that spotlights students’ experiences in Africa. “I think of these residencies as journeys, with music as the vehicle,” she said. “Having a visual element offers another entry—a lens into the exploration.” The exhibit, coordinated by Rebecca Ney ’11 and Amira Mintz-Morgenthau ’12, will offer a glance through students’ eyes of
PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDITH EISSENBERG
PERCUSSIVE FRENZY: Lamine Touré and Group Saloum’s performance will include guitar, keyboard, brass, vocals and dance. Africa and includes photographs from Ghana, Gambia and Libya, among other locations. The residency will culminate in a concert, titled “Lamine Touré and Group Saloum: Bàkk to the Future,”
at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with a preconcert talk by Tang at 7 p.m. Unlike previous years, tickets for the final performance will only cost $5 with a Brandeis student ID. In addition to coming from a long
lineage of Wolof musicians and oral historians, called griots, Senegalese drummer Touré has garnered fame as a percussionist in Africa and in the modern global music scene. He has been performing around the
world since 1997 on the sabar and djembé, which are African drums, the tama, or talking drum, and taasu, a type of rhythmic poetry. Touré found himself in Boston starting the African jazz-funk fusion band Group Saloum and serving as an artist-inresidence at MIT with the help of Tang. The two are currently married, and live together in Boston. Group Saloum fuses jazz, reggae, Afrobeat and funk with mbalax, the popular dance music in Senegal. Developed in the 1970s, the genre was a move away from the Cuban- and American-influenced popular music at the time, drawing from Afrocentric “back to the roots” philosophies and helping the people of Senegal to forge a new national identity. In her book, Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal, Tang examined the role of Wolof griots like Touré, whom she interviewed, in contemporary Senegalese culture. Highlights for the week include an event tomorrow at 5 p.m. where students can join “Introduction to African and Afro-American Studies” with an open performance and discussion focusing on Toure’s path from local Africa tradition to the Boston music scene. On Thursday, the entire visiting ensemble will offer a special sneak preview of its sound in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. On Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, students can join “Global Pop Music”, “Introduction to Drawing” and “Movement for Stage” in an open workshop that mixes different artistic responses through art and dance. Having attended many of these workshops in the past two years, I would not hesitate in recommending students who are in the above courses to invite their friends to stop by. Generally speaking, the lectures are a combination of private music lessons and visiting professor lectures—I will not be surprised if the members of Group Saloum not only speak about their music and culture but also break out their intruments and show students the basics of their art. “We had a musician from the Middle East say to the audience once, ‘You’ve heard a lot about Iraq in the news lately; how many of you have heard an Iraqi love song?’ And then he played one,” Eissenberg said, illustrating why she founded the MusicUnitesUS series. “It’s kind of about that.” Events will take place from Wednesday to Saturday at Waltham High School, the Shapiro Campus Center and Slosberg Recital Hall. A full schedule of the intercultural residency series can be found online at http://musicunitesus.info/ schedule-fall2010.html.
OK Go’s Damien Kulash opens up to justArts ■ In an interview with
justArts, the lead singer of OK Go discussed topics ranging from songwriting to creative freedom in music. JustArts had the chance to sit down with lead singer of OK Go, Damien Kulash, to discuss the group’s formation, influences and creative process two Saturdays ago when the group came to headline Student Event’s fall concert. JustArts: How did you guys meet, and when did you form OK Go? Damien Kulash: Tim and I met at summer camp when we were very young; I think it was 1986 or ’87. And then our original guitarist and I met, actually at the same summer camp, but several years later. Then Tim and Andy, that original guitarist, went to college in Chicago, both at different schools, but because they were both old friends of mine, they introduced themselves [and] started a band there with the drummer Dan Konopka. When I got done with college, I moved to Chicago; that band had broken up, and we started a new one, but with obviously many of the same members, and then Andy left a few years ago and
we got the new Andy, Andy Ross. So the formation was November 1998. First practice, first show I think, sometime in spring ’99. JA: Who are your primary influences? DK: That’s so hard to answer. On this record, obviously there’s a lot, you can hear a lot of Prince. Growing up, I think the thing that convinced me that rock and roll was doable by real humans was the D.C. punk-rock scene, and I grew up listening to a lot of Fugazi and Shudder to Think and Jawbox and Minor Threat and that kind of stuff. … The Pixies were a huge influence. … The Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets and Happy Mondays and stuff. … We listen to a lot of 60s and 70s soul music … and a lot of Elvis Costello. JA: So what is your songwriting process? DK: The way I would write then [when the band started] would be sort of how you might write a sentence; you sort of envision this endpoint you want to get to, you kind of have a thought and then you have to figure out how to get there. You know, you pick your words, and you have to deal with grammar and structure and tone, but you know where you’re going, or you hope you know where you’re going, and you sort of figure out what
tools you need to get there. So, like the song “Get Over It,” off of our first record was—you know, I was listening to a lot of Cheap Trick and Queen and Joan Jett and I was like, “How come our generation doesn’t have stadium rock anthems?” And, “So let’s write one.” And so you wind up with something that’s sort of like our version of a stadium-rock anthem. And by this most recent album, I think that process had sort of collapsed on itself for us, partially because I think, you know, you sort of just get bored with working one way, but also the endpoints that we could write towards started to be too self-referential, you know. … So I started writing a different way, which was, or which is more sort of just like playing around with the kind of primordial soup of music, just basic sounds, just drumbeats or chord progressions, or sometimes just like timbres or intervals or something, and look for combinations that kind of produce something more than the sum of their parts, you know. … And it wound up bringing us to a very different place musically than we had been before, because instead of it being like, “Here’s all the things we can sort of imagine beforehand,” you get a much more evolutionary process where you have no idea what you’re going to wind up with in the end, but
you just make decisions along the way and you’re like, “Wow, well, who knew? A duck.” JA: So how do you keep the videos so creative and unique and fresh? DK: Uh, we’re just really awesome. No, I think the best way to answer this is that we don’t think about music videos the way most people do. Most people are still thinking about music videos as the thing that they were in the ’80s or ’90s, which is an advertisement, … and so we tend to make videos … not as advertisements but rather as creative endpoints, things that you do if you just want to make a 3-minute film with this music as a soundtrack. It’s a very different kind of project than that advertising and promotional one. So when you view music videos in that light, the things we do don’t seem so shocking or crazy, it’s just a particular way of making short films. JA: Does being on your own label now help you become more free in your ideas and your creative process? DK: Yes, very much so. … The music industry, the recording industry has existed for 80ish years, maybe. How long has it been since the ’20s or ’30s? So I guess more like 90 years now, but somewhere just shy of a century, and music obviously has been with us for millennia. And within that
century, we have come to understand music as recordings of music—you know, that a song is the recording of that song. And everything else is sort of either background work or promotional work around that song or that recording of that song, … and from the perspective of someone who just wakes up in the morning wanting to make things, that’s totally arbitrary and not particularly useful. It’s like the music video form: There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just not the only way to make things. … We don’t need that [form], and if we run our own label, or our own company, … we have the freedom to do with the things we make, whatever we like, which is really nice. And it means we can make other things. We don’t have to worry about making things fit into those particular categories. And so there are a lot of collaborations we’re working on now that sort of don’t have any kind of pre-existing category, which is a lot of fun. —Louis Polisson
☛ Read the rest of this interview online at www.thejusticeonline.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
OFF CAMPUS THEATER
Broadway show ‘Rocks’ Boston audience ■ Currently playing at
Boston’s Colonial Theatre, ‘Rock of Ages’ is a hilarious, unconventional musical. By BRYAN PRYWES JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Anyone who is an avid musical theater-goer knows the routine: House lights down a little past the time it says on your ticket, grandiose overture representing the music to come over the next 2 to 3 hours, curtain up and the show begins. Right? Wrong. Let’s rewind. I entered the theater amid swarms of people of all interests and backgrounds while hawkers wearing cooler bags around their necks sold beer and handed out LED concert lighters. As I approached my seat, I was greeted by a cloud of concert haze filling the welcoming interior of The Bourbon Room, surrounded by the exterior of the 1980s Sunset Strip. People scrambled to get to their seats as the band (which looks more like an AC/DC tribute band than any pit orchestra I’ve ever seen) took the stage. Lights and lasers flashed to a few chords before a rock legend was projected onto an LED screen, proceeding to satirically lecture the audience about theater etiquette. Already, I knew that this was going to be unlike any other show I’d ever seen, and I was right. Rock of Ages is not your typical Broadway show. Nor does it strive to be. In fact, what makes Rock of Ages such an enjoyable experience is that it, much like its audience, does not take itself too seriously. Rock of Ages begins with Lonny (Patrick Lewallen), the sound engineer for The Bourbon Room and narrator of the show, addressing the audience, who, he assumes, has arrived to see a traditional theatrical story. So what better way to tell one of the oldest musical theater stories of all time than to do it the way he knows best—through rock. Drew (American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis) is a busboy at The Bourbon Room who dreams of one day becoming a rock star. Sherrie (Rebecca Faulkenberry) is a poor girl from the Midwest who has traveled out to the Sunset Strip in hopes of becoming a big-time actress. When the two meet, it
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARISA WOHL
ROCK REVISITED: The cast of ‘Rock of Ages’ pays homage to the ’80s with elaborate costumes, goofy charaters and enough rock music to bring any audience to its feet. is love at first sight, though each is too shy to tell the other. What ensues is a series of ridiculous antics by the cast to telling this traditional story using arena rock songs. The show features classic hits such as Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock,” along with other songs from Bon Jovi, Poison, Slade, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Styx, Survivor, Jefferson Starship and many, many others. I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of jukebox musicals. But rather than trying to squeeze a series of songs into a fairly weak plot, Rock of Ages
acknowledges how ridiculous this process is and, instead, makes the audience laugh every time a new song is sung or musical reference is made. The show even takes it a step further, making meta references to its existence as merely a story within a theatrical show and constantly breaking the fourth wall. What made the evening even more enjoyable was the vast talent pool that made up the show’s cast. Maroulis’s voice outshone his abilities as an actor and made the character of shy-guy Drew genuinely loveable. Faulkenberry was able to handle everything
asked of her character, Sherrie, from the intense, more metallic songs to sweet ballads with very little effort, truly shone during her dance numbers. The man who deserves most mention, however, is Lewallen, whose sense of comic timing for Lonny was impeccable and in many ways carried the show. His interactions with the audience and cast made everyone roar with laughter. Rock of Ages is not a concert, and it is not a Broadway musical (not like you’ve seen in the past, anyway). So what is it? Rock of Ages is an experience unlike
anything you have ever experienced before. Its combination of beautifully simple, yet detailed set and concert aspects (cue LED screen, grid full of moving lights and a half-dozen haze and fog machines)—along with a very funny storyline and some of the most famous rock pieces ever written—has created something that can be enjoyed by all, whether you like musical theater, like the music or just lived through the ’80s. So grab your jean jacket and lighter, leave your mullet at home, and see this show at Boston’s Colonial Theatre before it closes on Oct. 17.
Well-coiled ‘Devil’ scares filmgoers with twists ■ M. Night Shyamalan
shows viewers he hasn’t lost his cinematic charm in this demon-themed thriller. By AARON BERKE JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
A twist is only as good as its coil: Or to define it in layman’s terms—a plot twist is only as good as the story’s emotional and suspenseful build-up to that moment. This was a lesson writer/producer/director M. Night Shyamalan once knew only too well but that he seems to have forgotten in his recent films. Beginning with such masterpieces as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, Shyamalan seemed to be the true master of the horror/suspense genre, knowing how to craft an intense story that would leave audiences guessing right up until the end. Then came Signs, a good film, but one that did not measure up to the intrigue of its two predecessors. And it all went downhill from there, with such preachy films as The Village, Lady in the Water and The Happening serving no purpose other than to pump up Shyamalan’s ego. Where The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were original tales with meaningful twists, these later films were attempts to recapture the earlier films’ originality, desperately
throwing in plot twist after plot twist to create an emotive recognition of “Ah, yes, this is an M. Night Shyamalan film. The plot twist proves it!” But these coils were terribly unwound. Naturally, when I first saw that Shyamalan’s name was attached to the trailer of the new film Devil, I feared the worst. But after watching the film, I can gratefully say that it is a pleasant departure from Shyamlan’s recent efforts. While not on the same level as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, it’s a tight, suspenseful little tale, clocking in at a mere 80 minutes, keeping the intensity high and the preaching to a minimum. I think Shyamalan’s distance from the film also helps since he serves only as producer and storywriter. He leaves the task of writing the screenplay to Brian Nelson and the directing to John Erick Dowdle, both of whom are up to the challenge of bringing Shyamalan’s story to life in a way I doubt he himself could have matched. The plot of Devil is fairly straightforward. A suicide at the beginning of the film marks the arrival of the Devil, who, according to legend, will then disguise himself as a human being and trap himself in a closed arena with a small group of sinful humans, killing them all one by one. This is exactly what comes to pass; the victims five hapless riders who become trapped in an elevator. The
unfortunate victims are a security guard, an old woman, a young woman, a salesman and a mechanic. These five characters each have a dark secret that is revealed over the course of the film. These secrets serve the dual purpose of revealing both the reason why the devil chose them in particular and giving out clues as to which one of them is actually the Devil in disguise. The other half of the story is told from the outside, primarily through the security guards who are watching the elevator monitors throughout the film and the detective who initially comes to the building investigating the suicide. The detective soon gets caught up in the whole elevator affair and shares a few secrets of his own. Nelson does a great job of keeping the audience guessing the Devil’s identity, with each revelation bringing a particular suspect closer to accusation and the next one pinning the suspicion on a different character, keeping the audience in doubt at all times. The actors give top-notch performances, and though they are all relative unknowns, this element serves to heighten the anonymity of each character. The five victims play off one another very well, demonstrating naturally building tensions in the claustrophobic atmosphere. Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Julie & Julia) takes the semi-lead role as Detective Bowden,
and he too does a good job playing a man who’s lost his family and his reason for being a detective but who finds new motivation in delving into this supernatural elevator murder mystery. The primary device used to reveal the Devil’s story is narration by one of the security guards, Ramirez, played by Jacob Vargas, who is familiar with religious lore and is the catalyst who brings the Devil’s attention to everybody. At first he is the only one who believes that the Devil is among the trapped riders, but as the murders increase and the events grow more and more mysterious, the suspicions of every character outside the elevator begin to increase. Dowdle does an impressive job as director keeping the mystery and suspense intact and his usage of claustrophobic camera angles adds to the disconcerting nature of the events. Most interesting is his opening of the film, which presents the Philadelphia cityscape upside down through a traveling camera lens, starting the movie right off the bat with the sense that something is decidedly off. Also cleverly done are the murder scenes in the elevator: Each murder is marked by the lights shutting off completely and sounds of struggling and screaming piercing the darkness. As the lights turn back on, we are shown a variety of angles of the now-dead victims, sometimes
through the elevator’s camera. Each victim killed in a uniquely grotesque fashion. Also of note is the film’s score, which suits the mood perfectly, adding pounding drums and stirring string rhythms to the film’s building intensity. As clever a film as Devil is, it still has a few problems. Namely, the whole movie’s premise needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It often teeters on the verge of B movie territory, with many moments coming off as cheesy, especially during the film’s last 15 minutes. That being said, if the viewer suspends his or her disbelief, then enjoying the movie shouldn’t be a problem. And for an M. Night Shyamalan-crafted story, I find it nearly miraculous that the film is this good. Devil is the first of three films in Shyamalan’s The Night Chronicles series, and if the first one is any indication of quality, then the next two films are something to look forward to. I hope Shyamalan can take a leaf out of this movie’s success and bring the same quality back into his next directorial venture. As far as twists are concerned, Devil has a few great ones near the end of the film, and they certainly remind me of Shyamalan’s glory days. If a twist is only as good as its coil, then this coil was tightly wound and neatly sprung. Hopefully his next films will be just as well coiled.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
Solea fails to live up to its huge hype ■ Though recommended by
many diners, Solea’s tapas platters are highly prices and not very ﬂavorful. By ERIC CHOW JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
I really wanted to like this place. I’m pretty sure I heard from at least four friends that Solea was one of their favorite restaurants in Waltham, so I tried to go without any expectations. But in the two times I went, I left rather disappointed in my expectation to be satisfied, if not at least as blown away as my friends were. Solea, on Moody Street, is one of the most popular restaurants in Waltham; it is well known even outside the city. It presents itself primarily as a place for tapas: Spanish small plates that are appetizer-sized, of which you will need to order at least two or three per person to leave feeling full. This makes it a lot of fun to go out for tapas in larger parties, when you can order perhaps 20 different dishes for eight people and get to try a little of everything. If you’ve never had tapas but are more familiar with Asian cuisine, the analogous experience is Chinese dim sum, which are tapas with the added convenience of a Lazy Susan for sharing and usually much, much cheaper. My first time at Solea was more of a quick snack at the bar: pimiento de piquillo (a roasted pepper stuffed with crab, shrimp and pearl onions, all in a pool of langostino sauce) and tortilla española (an omelette of potatoes and onions). The stuffed pepper was fine, dominated mainly by the crab (not a bad thing in this case), but it was nothing spectacular; the sauce of langostino (a squat lobster—what looks like a truncated lobster but is actually a relative of the crab) was tasty for the first few bites but quickly became dull. The tortilla española, served slightly warm, was a real disappointment as the second plate. It is usually served cold (which lets the lighter flavors of the onion and good-quality oil come out) and was even listed as such on the menu. When not cold, it’s served fresh out of the pan—very hot, but never warm. In any case, there would not have been much to show off anyway, cold or hot. The potatoes were mushy and there were hardly any onions to speak of; the dish was embarrassingly bland. Now, I know what some of you who are familiar with this dish may object to: It’s supposed to be simple, homey and nothing spectacular, given that it contains only three ingredients! But I have made this dish myself plenty of times at home, in just as simple a preparation (okay, maybe with the odd bits of bacon or red peppers thrown in), and it’s been much better. Besides,
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COLORFUL ATMOSPHERE: Despite its overpriced menu, the Waltham tapas restaurant boasts a vibrant dining environment with creative lights and Spanish-style paintings.
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POPULAR DINING: Two patrons wait as their multiple dishes are prepared for a lunchtime escape from everyday life. when you’re working with fewer ingredients, it’s a rare opportunity to cook such ingredients to the best of your ability with nothing to hide them behind. There is sometimes nothing better to eat than a simple
dish done well. But Solea’s tortilla seemed slapdash and careless. The next visit was inspired by my desire to finally try the traditional Spanish paella: a large, heavy skillet filled with saffron rice, some vegeta-
bles, a great variety of meats and lots of seafood. Solea’s paella includes chorizo, pork sausage, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fish and chicken with peas and slivers of artichoke hearts. This dish is
very much a departure from the simple, small dishes. Unfortunately, while the portion served was generous, the dish was stingy with flavor. None of the meats were grilled or sautéed with any other spices or flavors; they barely tasted like themselves, most of them having instead the effect of generic filler—especially the chicken. The second meal actually ended pleasantly; I wasn’t really feeling it, but I thought I should give Solea’s desserts a chance—one last opportunity for the resteraunt to redeem itself. And it did, kind of. The churros con chocolate were a delight: four thin, medium-length tubes of delicate, crispy, deep-fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with a tiny pitcher of warm chocolate ganache. After the wonderful churros were gone, I found myself drinking the rest of the leftover ganache straight out of the pitcher. But at eight dollars a plate and with a good, easy recipe for ganache at home, I think I’ll be on the lookout for a good recipe for churros instead. Maybe I’ll get around to trying you again, Solea, but for now, I’m going to look elsewhere for my tapas cravings. Next on the tapas list to try: Ken Oringer’s popular Toro in Boston’s South End. Solea can be found at 388 Moody St. in Waltham; visit its website for menus, contacts and directions at solearestaurant.com.
A taste of Lord Hobo: one of Boston’s finest bars Douglas
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Living in Boston, we are surrounded by one of the best beer communities in the country. The city has the largest American-owned brewery (Samuel Adams), is the home of the founders of BeerAdvocate.com (Todd and Jason Alström) and has countless brewpubs and beer bars. Today, I will be reviewing Lord Hobo, one of my favorite beer bars in the city. Opened in fall 2009, Lord Hobo often has some of the best taps of beer in the city. Boasting 40 taps, from Smuttynose in Maine to Mikkeler in Norway, the lineup is constantly changing. While other places may have a larger selection, none of them can quite get the quality Hobo has. It
also has a full-service restaurant serving fancier pub style cuisine. Last week, Lord Hobo hosted California’s Stone Brewery and its “Total Tap Tower Takeover Tour,” an event at which 40 different beers were brought to the bar. Some of these drinks were very rare and came from the earlier part of the last decade. Beers that are higher in alcohol content, like the ones at this event, can be aged just like wine; time mellows out the alcoholic burn and produces a much more flavorful drink. Given the nature of the event, it sold out quickly, and I was unable to get a ticket. Fortunately for me, some of these beers were still on tap when I went this weekend. Upon entering and sitting down at the bar, I ordered a Vertical Epic 07, which was aged in wine barrels. Stone has been making a beer on the day when the day, month and year are all the same (such as last Sunday, 10/10/10) since 2002. Since 10/10/10
just passed, the 2010 edition has been released and will be available soon in our neck of the woods. The 07 poured amber orange and smelled of grapes and a slight booziness. Tasting the beer revealed what could have been a good beer masked by the overpowering flavor of grapes. It wasn’t the most overpowering wine-esque beer I’ve ever had, but it was too unbalanced and overly sweet. The mouthfeel was also very thin and underpowering, and the carbonation was quite light. I was disappointed with this beer, as I expected a lot more from it. It was still pretty good; just not the quality I expect from Stone. I give this beer a six out of 10. The quality improved when I had the Vertical Epic 04. This beer was a light yellow color with cloudy view. Upon sniffing, a wonderful mix of sweet malt and herbal hops shone through. Sipping this beer, I tasted
some very sweet citrus flavors with a wonderful bitter finish. Despite the 8.5-percent alcohol content, I didn’t taste much of the booze; it was very balanced, which is a nod to its aging. I even got a little anise flavor in the tasting, which blended beautifully with the rest of the flavor. The mouthfeel was nice and thick. This was an amazing treat, and I really enjoyed drinking this one. I give this beer a 9.5 out of 10. Finally, I finished with Stone’s 10th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout. This is a beer with the 10 annual Russian Imperial stouts released from the past decade mixed together. This beer was pitch black with a brown, foamy head that retained through the drink. Sipping on this, I got a lot of chocolate notes and a good balance of bitterness and sweetness. It felt almost as though there was a dark fruit flavor in there as well, which balanced nicely with the roasted malt. The 10 years of
stout mixed together really made this beer insanely drinkable and balanced. The mouthfeel was thick and slightly creamy. All in all, it was an awesome finish to my evening. I give this beer nine out of 10. While I enjoyed my beers, I also dined, ordering a cheeseburger which was cooked perfectly to order (a nice and slightly bloody medium rare) and was served up with some delicious fresh-cut fries. Overall, Lord Hobo is one of the best places in the city to have a drink. Its list of beers is awesome, and the food is quite good too. Prices are a bit high, but for the selection, it cannot be beat. I highly recommend this place to anyone with a slight inkling for beer. Lord Hobo is located in Cambridge on the corner of Hampshire and Windsor Street, a short walk from Central Square. Please note that it serves only those over the age of 21 at all times.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
Performances in ‘Stone’ save the story ■ Although veteran actors
DeNiro and Norton team up in ‘Stone,’ a subpar script downplays their abilities. By ETHAN MERMELSTEIN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Any film that can manage to pack the masterful presences of Robert De Niro and Edward Norton on to the same screen is worth seeing. Unfortunately for Stone (directed by John Curran), the talented tag team is one of the few things the film has going for it. Jack Mabry (De Niro), a repressed and reclusive parole officer, is a few weeks away from retiring from his life’s career. Before he steps into golfing bliss, he asks to see the last few inmates he has slated for parole review. In walks Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), begging to be released so he can go home and have sex with his wife (Milla Jovovich). For the most part, Norton’s Stone has a strong command of the delicate balance between reformed criminal up for a second chance—at times reminiscent of his breakout performance in Primal Fear—and absurdly cornrowed thug—at times reminiscent of Jamie Kennedy’s performance in Malibu’s Most Wanted. Even when he veers deep into the cornrows, his commitment assures us he knows what he’s doing, and we are invited to laugh comfortably along with him. In fact, both actors seem quite aware when the script leans toward silly. When Jack and Stone first meet, the unruly inmate stands up to leave Jack’s office only to be shut down by a Goodfellas-esque stream of profanities that’s so out of place, I have to assume it was added after De Niro signed onto the film. We laugh with the actors here, too. The story, on the other hand, fails to match the grace of its actors. It beats us over the head with its clichéd themes (freedom, good versus evil, religion, repentance, hell, etc.). On Jack’s drives to the penitentiary, we hear him listen to religious talk radio. His loveless relationship with his wife Madylyn (played by the criminally underused Frances Conroy) holds her prisoner in her own home. And, of
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PAROLE CALL: Edward Norton plays Gerald “Stone” Creeson—a prisoner awaiting parole review by Jack Mabry (DeNiro) in the well-cast but confusingly scripted ﬁlm ‘Stone.’ course, we often see Jack acting more like an evil man than Stone does. In what seems to be an attempt to compensate for thematic transparency, the film is often subtle to the point of confusion when it comes to the driving forces behind its plot. Stone has a religious revelation, but we don’t really know why or how genuine it is. Stone’s wife initiates an affair with Jack, but we don’t really know why or how genuine that is. Jovovich’s titillating embodiment of sexuality as Stone’s wife is one of the
few parts of the film that you might still be thinking about after the credits roll. Whenever she walked into the frame, the air became palpably still in the predominantly male theater that held the screening I attended. Her pursuit of Jack out of great love for her husband, out of attraction to the older man or, most likely, because of her nymphomania, is one of the many ambiguously motivated elements that fills the film. The mystery surrounding this point, however, is perhaps the most sufficiently developed tension in
the story. Curran’s seemingly competent direction also falls short from saving the movie from itself. He offers a few unique establishing angles for us to see the well-trodden prison genre through. He fills silences with religious talk radio layered over itself, creating eerie (albeit transparent) suspense that’s enough to keep disenchanted viewers awake. The thing is, there isn’t anything worthy of our suspense, and once that is discovered, it only furthers the viewer’s
frustration. If Stone had any casting variations, it would risk being a complete flop, but because of its powerful lineup, it’s worth watching just to see great actors do their best with a mediocre story. It left me with an overwhelming sad feeling when I left the theater, but I suspect that was more the product of disappointment from watching two of today’s greatest actors play along with a lackluster script for an hour and a half, rather than anything in the film itself.
‘Funny Story’ elicits laughter for tough topics ■ ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’
explores what would happen if a teen checked himself into a mental hospital. By EMILY SALLOWAY JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
As 16-year-old Craig Gilner says as he stands on a suspension beam, contemplating jumping into the river hundreds of feet below him, “It starts on a bridge.” From this hauntingly beautiful opening shot, it seems that the film version of Ned Vezzini’s second novel will address the serious issue of suicide among young people, but after the initial scene, I was surprised to find that actually, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. After a series of increasingly frightening dreams, Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, where he meets a cast of lovably zany characters. He forms meaningful connections with Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), a goofy, charismatic patient at the clinic, and Noelle (Emma Roberts), a pretty and alluring girl who is impressed by Craig’s kindness and newly discovered artistic talents. Meanwhile, Craig must confront his issues with his overbearing father (Jim Gaffigan), who wants him to apply to a prestigious preprofessional summer school; his clueless mother (Lauren Graham); his child-prodigy sister; and his perfect best friend, who happens to be dating the girl of Craig’s dreams. The film did a great job capturing certain moments that often succeed in literature but fail when translated onto the big screen. By smoothly transitioning into flashbacks, dream sequences
and Ferris Bueller-esque asides addressing the audience, the filmmakers, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, were able to pull the intimate qualities of reading a novel into their movie. It was these instances that set this film apart from others this season and made it fresh and entertaining to audience members of all ages. The costuming in these scenes, done by styling team Kurt and Bart, who worked on Britney Spears’ concerts, was brilliant, really emphasizing the fantastical nature of the segments. The cinematography itself was gorgeous, including beautiful views of New York City and the people who live there, making this film, at the very least, visually thrilling. Outside of these moments, on the other hand, the 90-minute feature seemed to both drag at points and move too quickly at others, a common problem with adaptations. We didn’t get to know any of the characters—even the protagonist himself—as deeply as I would have liked. Gilchrist’s acting was nothing spectacular, and this only enhanced the feeling of disconnect between audience and film. There was no real reason to root for his triumph over his issues, because the issues themselves were downplayed to the point of triviality. It was clear that the filmmakers had tried to highlight these emotional conflicts as something every teen could relate to, but their nonchalance had the opposite effect on me. One major problem I had with the film was the source from which writerdirectors Boden and Fleck pulled their humor: the attributes of the patients at the hospital. Hallucinations, lisps and outbursts all elicited uninhibited laughter from the audience, which made me cringe. However, as the film went on and we got to see fuller por-
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FAMILIAL ODDITIES: The Gilner family eats together in one of the carefree moments of the ﬁlm ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story.’ traits of individual patients, it became apparent that their problems were exaggerated past the point of having stemmed from realistic causes. In this way, the writers were able to eventually convince me of the humor in the situation, and the fact that the film’s creators were poking fun at the characters’ over-the-top quirks became much easier to swallow. Though most of the other jokes in the movie fell flat, as they were too closely connected with the serious topic of suicide and depression, there were some laugh-out-loud-funny one-liners, espe-
cially from Galifianakis’ character. In fact, the comedian’s performance throughout the entire film was spot-on. He was able to portray a huge range of emotions and still remain the film’s most-likeable character. All of the patients and staff in the hospital were also well-cast. Appearances by Jeremy Davies (Lost), Matthew Maher (Gone Baby Gone) and Bernard White (The Matrix series) really stole the show. In addition, Roberts’ portrayal of a troubled teen girl was far removed from her usual roles, and though nothing to rave about, it was quite believable.
This is one of those movies where I wish I had read the book before going to the theater so as to quench my thirst for backstory, internal dialogue and overall character depth. But I also feel that if I had read the book, I would probably be disappointed with this rendering of the story. Adapting a contemporary novel, with a few exceptions, is often a no-win situation, and although It’s Kind of a Funny Story was in my opinion worth the price of admission to the theater, it is in no way going to become as beloved as its literary predecessor.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
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TRIVIA TIME 1. What did Max Factor invent in the early 20th century? 2. What does the Greek suffix “kinesis” mean? 3. Who once said, “I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally”? 4. What state has the nickname “Land of Enchantment”? 5. What is the medical condition described more commonly as a reduced appetite? 6. What is another name for the Northern Lights, which can be seen only in northern parts of the hemisphere? 7. How many sides does an icosahedron have? 8. Where did the ill-fated ship Titanic set sail from? 9. What starring actor composed the theme song for his movie Unforgiven?
CHARTS Top 10s for the week ending Oct. 10 BOX OFFICE 1. The Social Network 2. Life As We Know It 3. Secretariat 4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 5. My Soul to Take 6. The Town 7. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 8. Easy A 9. Case 39 10. You Again
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AMPHIBIOUS PHOTO: As the fall season begins and the workload piles up, it is easy to forget all the beautiful nature that surrounds the Brandeis campus. This photo of a frog peeking out of the Massel Pond is an example of the little things outside that we walk by every day.
1. Makeup for movie actors 2. Movement 3. W.C. Fields 4. New Mexico 5. Dysorexia 6. Aurora borealis 7. 20 8. Southampton, England 9. Clint Eastwood ANSWERS
SHOWTIMES 10/15 - 10/21 The Town Fri-Sun: 1:10,3;55, 7:00, 9:45 Mon-Thurs: 2:10, 4:50, 7:40 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Fri-Sun: 1:00, 9:35 Mon-Thurs: 2:00, 4:50 Tamara Drewe Fri-Sun: 1:20, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30 Mon-Thurs: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 Stone Fri-Sun: 1:40, 4:25, 6:50, 9:40 Mon-Thurs: 2:40, 5:10, 8:00 The Social Network Fri-Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:55 Mon-Thurs: 2:20, 5:00, 7:50 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Fri-Sun: 4:05, 6:40 Mon-Thurs: 8:20 It’s Kind of a Funny Story Fri-Sun: 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Mon,Tues,Thurs: 2:50, 5:10, 8:10 Wed: 2:50, 5:10 The Embassy is located at 18 Pine Street in Waltham
ACROSS 1. Burden 5. Tulip, at first 9. Wildebeest 12. Crumbly cheese 13. Screenwriter James 14. Erstwhile acorn 15. Is unhappy 17. Prior night 18. Salver 19. Firetruck gear 21. Memory units 24. Bob’s Road co-star 25. Stentorian 26. Book before Ecclesiastes 30. Blunder 31. Ralph of The Waltons 32. Mound stat 33. They drill and fill 35. Squad 36. Deadly septet 37. Treasury 38. Carried on 40. Ski lift type 42. “Ben —-” 43. Angry 48. Coach Parseghian 49. Elliptical 50. Tittle 51. Has permission 52. Leaf gatherer 53. Out of bounds DOWN 1. Vacationing 2. Born 3. Salt Lake athlete 4. Tended an icy walkway 5. Ali — 6. Unsightly 7. Romanian money 8. Marge Simpson’s ‘do 9. Becomes eco-friendly 10. Church area 11. Guitars’ kin 16. Former jrs. 20. Indivisible 21. Evidenced a cut 22. Days gone by
1. Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much” 2. Tame Impala – “Solitude is Bliss” 3. Telegraph Canyon – “Shake Your Fist” 4. Tokyo Police Club – “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)“ 5. Wolf Parade – “Ghost Pressure” 6. Janelle Monae – “Cold War” 7. Born Ruffians – “Sole Brother” 8. Sleigh Bells – “Treats” 9. Chromeo – “Night by Night” 10. Deerhunter - “Revival”
COLLEGE RADIO 1. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells 3. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me 4. Hot Chip – One Life Stand 5. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor 6. Yeasayer – Odd Blood 7. Liars – Sister World 8. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks 9. Beach House – Teen Dream 10. Spoon – Transference
23. Ages, maybe 24. Automatons, for short 26. Bridge option 27. Fabric-dye brand 28. Pitt or Paisley 29. — Club (discount store) 31. With 34-Down, broad neckwear 34. See 31-Down 35. Bombastic 37. Enthusiast 38. “Pow!” 39. Emanation 40. Ship-building wood 41. Ill will 44. Actress Mendes 45. Shad product 46. Greek vowel 47. Pop
1. Kenny Chesney – Hemingway's Whiskey 2. Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being 3. Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give 4. Gucci Mane – The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted 5. Eminem – Recovery 6. Eric Clapton – Clapton 7. Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure 8. Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns 9. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over 10. Selena Gomez & The Scene – A Year Without Rain Album information provided by Billboard Magazine. Box office information provided by Yahoo! Movies. Radio charts provided by CMJ.
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STRANGE BUT TRUE ■ It was British mathematician, historian, logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell who made the following sage observation: “Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.” ■ The next time you’re in South Dakota, you might want to make a side trip to the town of Rosalyn. Visitors there can take a look through the International Vinegar Museum. ■ U.S. Statistics show that 17 of the 20 sporting events with the most attendees every year are NASCAR races. ■ Though coffee has been around for about 700 years, instant coffee was invented just more than 100 years ago in 1906 by George Washington. Of course, not that George Washington. The man who made coffee more convenient was from Belgium. ■ Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity suggest that the passage of time is affected not only by accel-
eration (a person traveling at the speed of light, for instance, will age more slowly than someone who is stationary) but also by gravity. Scientists using ultra precise atomic clocks have proved that people who experience a stronger gravitational pull age more quickly. What does this mean for you? If you spend your life precisely at sea level and your twin lives 1 foot above sea level, over the course of a 79-year lifespan, a difference of 90 billionths of a second will develop between your ages. ■ The average coffee tree yields only enough beans every year to make 1 pound of coffee. ■ You might be surprised to learn that according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the car that was stolen the most in the United States in 2009 was the 1994 Honda Accord. Thought for the Day: “Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” —Stephen King
Whether I'm trying to wake myself up before class, pump myself up before a sports game or just listening to my iPod on the subway, I like listening to songs with heavy bass lines to which you can’t help but bounce your head. I have pretty eclectic music tastes, but these are my favorite house and techno songs to blast through my earbuds or speakers any time of the day, any day of the week. THE LIST 1. Deadmau5 ft. Rob Swire – “Ghosts N Stuff” 2. ATB – “Ecstasy” 3. Guru Josh Project – “Infinity” 4. Swedish House Mafia vs. Mike Snow – “Silvia to Ibiza” 5. Tiesto ft. CC Sheffield – “Escape Me” 6. Deadmau5 – “Some Chords” 7. The Police – “Roxanne (DiscoTech remix)“ 8. Cold Blank – “Los Angeles” 9. Electronative – “Nightlife” 10. Swedish House Mafia ft. Pharrell – “One (Your Name)“