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Volume LXV, Number 3
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
New Chabad house to open ■ To deal with overcrowded
dinners, which were attracting more than 150 students at the original house, Chabad has added a house on South Street. By SAM MINTZ JUSTICE EDITOR
Chabad at Brandeis has opened a second house for this school year to allow students to experience a smaller Shabbat dinner environment, according to an email to the Chabad community from Peretz
Chein, the rabbi of the original Chabad house at Brandeis. The new house is located at 132 South Street, near the Ninety Nine Restaurant, and will be led by Rabbi Ilan and Sarah Fuchs ’05, who was president of Chabad at Brandeis during her time here. The first Chabad house is a three-story home located at 54 Turner Street. According to the Chabad at Brandeis website, “The Chabad House is a home for Jews of all denominations to learn, thrive, and most importantly, to connect. The goal is to guide our students
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Chaplain leaves for Northeastern
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■ Alexander Levering
Fast start for soccer
Kern, who was Brandeis’ Protestant chaplain since 2006, is now the executive director of the new center for spirituality at Northeastern.
Midfielder Jake Picard ’16 goes up for a header during a victory over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sunday. See page 12 for more coverage of men’s soccer.
Questions aired at faculty meeting ■ Prof. Harry Mairson (COSI)
raised issues with the recent hiring of Steve Manos as Chief Operating Officer. By sam mintz JUSTICE editor
At the first faculty meeting of the academic year on Thursday, Prof. Harry Mairson (COSI) publicly raised concerns about the hiring last month of Steve Manos to the position of chief operating officer.
In a section of the meeting reserved for comments or questions directed at University President Frederick Lawrence, Mairson came to the microphone and told President Lawrence that he was “surprised and concerned” about the appointment. He raised three central objections to the hiring of Manos: process, finance and respect. In terms of process, Mairson expressed worries about the lack of a search committee in the hiring process, and described what he sees as a “transparency issue.” Mairson also cited financial wor-
By DANIELLE GROSS JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Alexander Levering Kern, who has served as Brandeis’ Protestant Chaplain since 2006, left Brandeis to work at Northeastern University, where he is serving as the executive director of the new Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service. According to Rev. Walter Cuenin, Interfaith Chaplaincy coordinator and Catholic chaplain, interviews for a new Protestant chaplain are underway. With Kern gone, Brandeis has three chaplains: Cuenin, Rabbi Elyse Winick and Imam Talal Eid. The Interfaith Chaplaincy shares three chapels: The Berlin Chapel (Jewish), the Bethlehem Chapel (Catholic) and
ries, saying that “[Manos] was reported to be paid elsewhere a very substantial sum in his last year in such a role. We’re also told, and all believe, that hard financial choices need to be made. There are some conflicting signals.” Finally, he said, the decision showed a lack of respect to the current senior vice presidents for finance and operations, referring to Fran Drolette and Mark Collins, though Collins’ official title is senior vice president for administra-
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Writing down the past
Prof. Mitra Shavarini shared her family’s experiences moving to the United States from Iran.
The volleyball squad took care of business at home with three wins.
The Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women gave $900,00 for undergraduates.
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the Harlan Chapel (Protestant). Cuenin said in an interview with the Justice that he hopes to add a Hindu advisor in the future. At Brandeis, Kern’s specific Kern job included leading Protestant services, being a liaison and spiritual advisor for students and working with the other chaplains. He also directed the Brandeis University Interfaith Leadership Development Fellows program. BUILD brings together participants in the Brandeis community for a yearlong program that aims to expand not only the participants’ understanding of different faiths, but also their leadership skills. Cuenin spoke of Kern leaving Brandeis in an interview with the Justice. “He got a better job. At Northeastern the job is phenom-
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New jobs in US still low for August
WASHINGTON—In a broadly disappointing economic report, U.S. employers added a smaller-thanexpected 96,000 jobs in August as manufacturers cut back their payrolls and the government continued to shed workers. Moreover, the Labor Department revised lower the job-growth numbers estimated for July and June. The Labor Department said the jobless rate dropped over the month, to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, but that came as many people dropped out of the labor market. In a nation where the population is growing, a shrinking labor force suggests that many workers are giving up job searches because they are striking out in the employment market or don’t see good prospects. The share of workers and unemployed people who are seeking work out of the total population—or the labor force participation rate—dropped to a 30-year low of 63.5 percent in August. Average hourly earnings also dipped over the month, the Labor Department said. The report, coming on the morning after President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech, was bad news for Obama. He, and his supporters, spent a considerable amount of energy during last week’s Democratic National Convention defending the president’s economic record and pushing back against Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s criticisms that the administration’s economic policies have failed. The report also deflated hopes that had risen in recent days that the economy was regaining momentum that was lost in the spring. Many analysts were expecting job growth of 125,000 in August, and some were looking for stronger numbers in the wake of a private survey that predicted private-sector job growth of about 200,000 jobs. The Labor Department on Friday revised downward job growth in July, to 141,000 from the 163,000 initially estimated, and said employers added 45,000 jobs in June, not 64,000, as previously reported. Taking the last three months together, the economy added an average of 94,000 jobs a month. That’s not enough to absorb new workers entering the labor force and is down from an average of 226,000 in the first quarter of this year. The details in the August report were not particularly encouraging either. Manufacturing, which had been the star of the economic recovery, lost 15,000 jobs in August, confirming recent indications of slowing orders and exports. Employment in the temporary-help sector, often considered a harbinger of broader hiring activity, dropped by 4,900. Of the job gains, 28,000, or 30 percent of the 96,000 net new positions, were in food and drinking establishments, which typically pay lower wages and offers fewer hours for people to work. Among better-paying businesses, computer system design firms added 11,000 to their payrolls over the month, and management and technical consulting employment grew by 9,000. Healthcare employment, which has a mix of high- and low-paying jobs, rose by 17,000 jobs. If there is a silver lining in the report, it’s that the Federal Reserve is now seen as even more likely to announce a new round of bond-buying economic stimulus when the central bank meets next week.
Sept. 3—BEMCo and University Police responded to a call regarding a bookcase that fell on a student in the Foster Mods. BEMCo treated the party onscene with a signed refusal for further care. Sept. 4—A nurse in the Health Center requested an ambulance for a student with abdominal pain; they were transported to the hospital for further care. Sept. 5—University Police received a report of a female party feeling faint and nauseous in Cable. BEMCo responded and assessed the patient who refused further medical attention and said they would call for a transport to the Health Center. Sept. 6—Staff from the Mailman House called University Police to report a student who took several prescription pills. The CDC and BEMCo were notified, due to the fact the student was going in and out of consciousness. The Waltham Fire Department and an ambulance were dispatched and transport-
ed the student to the NewtonWellesley Hospital for further care. Sept. 7—BEMCo treated a female in the Sachar International Center due to a head injury. Sept. 8—A caller from the Foster Mods reported an intoxicated female party. An ambulance transported the party— who was vomiting, disoriented and breathing normally—to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Sept. 8—A student went into the Stoneman building and asked to speak with a nurse. The student was given the oncall number, but she stated that she wanted to speak with someone in person. BEMCo called, but the student refused treatment. Sept. 9—A reporting party stated there was a male student at the top of the stairs at the Foster Mods who was intoxicated and vomiting. University Police and BEMCo responded, BEMCo requested an ambulance to transport the student to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital for
further care. Sept. 9—University Police onscene requested an additional officer and BEMCo for an intoxicated female party at the front entrance to Pomerantz. BEMCo assessed the party, with a signed refusal for further care. Sept. 9—A reporting party found her roommate passed out on the floor of their dorm room. The party was breathing but not alert. BEMCo and University Police were dispatched, along with the Waltham Fire Department and an ambulance. The party was transported via ambulance to the NewtonWellesley Hospital for further care. Sept. 9—BEMCo treated a party in the Shapiro Campus Center who was not feeling well.
Sept. 5—At the soccer match between Brandeis and ColbySawyer, a parent from ColbySawyer reported that Brandeis
n The photo caption on page 15 incorrectly identified the soccer player pictured. The player was Luke Teece ’12, not Gaelen Oliver ’15. (Sept. 4, pg. 12)
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Sept. 4—University Police received a report of a man in Theater Lot sprinting toward the International Business School. The man was gone upon the police’s arrival. Sept. 5—A student reported that someone placed a Korean booklet with derogatory writing in their Brandeis mailbox. University Police confiscated the item and compiled a report on the incident. —compiled by Marielle Temkin
Union has first meeting
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
n An article in News misstated the hours that the Counseling Center was open on Monday, Sept. 3. The Counseling was open until 10 p.m., not all night.
—Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)
n An article in News misstated the amount of financial aid that the University distributes each year. The University gives out more than $70 million a year in grants and scholarships, not $9 million. In addition, the University is still receiving cash installments from several years of pledges, not several decades, as the article originally stated and the Ridgewood residence halls were not funded by these donations. (Sept. 4, pg. 1)
students were verbally harassing the Colby-Sawyer team. University Police on-scene reported that it appeared to be a normal soccer match and stayed on-scene to monitor the game. No further action by the police was necessary. Sept. 8—University Police broke up a large crowd in the upper Foster Mods. The crowd dispersed without incident.
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Night of volunteers A student listens to a presentation at the Waltham Group Recruitment Night held last night in the SCC atrium. The Waltham Group, which organizes students in volunteering around Waltham, is one of the largest clubs on campus and has more than 15 ongoing initiatives.
The Student Union Senate held its first meeting of the semester this past Sunday, as Student Union Vice President Gloria Park ’13 announced that a new campus-wide event, Campus Cares, will take place this Wednesday, Sept. 12. Union Chief of Staff Jesse Manning ’13 said that during the event Community Advisors will partner with student groups on campus that provide counseling and other related services to connect with students in their dorms. The program will specifically reach out to students in Ziv, Ridgewood, Massell and North quads. Activities in the dorms will include putting up posters and distributing packets of counseling resources to inform students of on-and off-campus resources. Representatives from Student Events will also be in the middle of these quads with food. Union Vice President Gloria Park ’13 said that she hopes that the event will bring together various student groups “to show that the campus really cares about everyone.” Union Secretary Carlton Shakes ’14 announced that Quad Senator elections will be held Thursday, Sept. 20. An information session will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in room 315 of the Shapiro Campus Center at 9:30 p.m. Open posts include one senator for each residential quad, two for the Class of 2016 and one for the Transitional Year Program. The Senate voted to approve a name change for the Brandeis Korean Cultural and Language Initiative, which will now be known as the Brandeis Korean Courses and Language Initiative. The Senate voted to officially recognize the appointment of Jesse Manning ’13 as Student Union chief of staff and Nathan Israel ’14 as Financial Board chair. They will be formally sworn in at the next Senate meeting. Finally, the Senate appointed Senator at Large Charlotte Franco ’15 as temporary Senate Clerk. —Emma Stodder
ANNOUNCEMENTS Jewish Studies colloquium
This colloquium provides a critical forum for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss works-in-progress, thereby fostering an interdisciplinary intellectual community in all areas of modern Jewish studies. In each session participants will discuss a paper presented by a faculty member or graduate student from Brandeis or another institution. The presenter will begin with a brief overview (five to 10 minutes) of the work, and the rest of the session will be open to questions and answers. Today from noon to 2 p.m. in Lown room 315.
Summer Internship Funding info session
Given the chance, how would you change the world? Here’s your opportunity to work for coexistence, social justice, gender rights and more. Come learn about the following funding opportunities for summer 2013 internships —both social-justice and non-social-justice related: Sorensen Fellowship, Davis Proj-
ects for Peace, Eli Segal Citizen Leadership Fellowship, Hiatt Career Center World of Work Fellowship and Rapaporte Foundation Internship Grants. Today from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium.
’DEIS Impact launch party and info session
Students, faculty and staff are invited to make an impact by organizing an event during ‘DEIS Impact, Brandeis University’s annual festival of social justice (Feb. 1 to 11). Campus groups, faculty and individual students may lead a discussion, host a speaker, arrange a seminar, screen a film, put on an exhibit or stage a play or come up with something different. Attend the launch party/info session to learn how to organize and secure funding for a ‘DEIS Impact event. Social justicethemed refreshments will be served. Tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Usdan Student Center International Lounge.
Study Abroad info session
Navigating the off-campus study pro-
cess and finding the best study program for you can be challenging. The Office of Study Abroad is holding information sessions which are designed to give you an overview of the off-campus study process at Brandeis including: tips for researching programs and destinations, the application process, getting credit for your work off campus, financial aid and resources and services our office provides. Attending a general information session is mandatory for students wishing to study off campus for a semester or academic year. Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Usdan Student Center International Lounge.
The Crown Center annual opening event
Kick-off the 2012-13 academic year with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies as they celebrate the inauguration of the Charles (Corky) Goodman Chair in Middle East History with a panel discussion on the hottest topics in the Middle East today. Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library.
TUESDAY, September 11, 2012
SVP search underway The search for the next senior vice president of communications is underway, as a search committee, in conjunction with the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, has begun the process of contacting and hearing from interested candidates, according to Associate Vice President of Communications Bill Burger. Burger said that the committee hopes to fill the position, which was vacated in June by Andrew Gully, by the end of this academic year. Gully left the Brandeis Office of Communications to become senior vice president, worldwide director of communications for Sotheby’s. Burger, in conjunction with the Office of the President, has assumed Gully’s duties in the interim. The search committee was formed over the summer and is made up of 13 administrators, faculty members, and one student, Alex Thomson ’15. Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies Anita Hill (Heller) and Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President David Bunis ’83 serve as co-chairs of the committee. In the following month or two, the committee faces the task of reviewing the final profiles composed by Storbeck/Pimentel and narrowing the field to about eight to 12 applicants, three or four of which will be invited to campus for further interviews, according to Burger. A profile that was composed by Storbeck/Pimentel describes the duties of the senior vice president for communications as overseeing 16 full-time employees as well as consultants, student employees and other part-time workers. In addition to producing the Brandeis Magazine and the website BrandeisNOW, the office manages the official University website and is “responsible for branding and marketing,” including traditional media communications and social media outreach. At last Thursday’s faculty meeting, University President Frederick Lawrence also emphasized that the role would shift more towards marketing and branding of the University. The Communications Office currently has a budget of $1.8 million, according to the profile. Salary for the post is listed as “open and competitive.” —Tate Herbert
Community grieves student loss ■ Friends and professors
remember Akshay R. Venkatesh ’14 as a passionate student.
By FIONA LOCKYER JUSTICE EDITOR
Yesterday marked a week since the passing of Akshay R. Venkatesh ’14, who died of an apparent suicide in his Ziv suite. He passed away on Labor Day, four days after his 21st birthday. According to Venkatesh’s Facebook profile, he was from New Delhi, India and attended high school at the Singapore American School. He
spent this past summer interning at the Genome Institute in Singapore. Venkatesh came to Brandeis as a motivated student. His major was Neuroscience. According to Prof. Don Katz (PSYC), he had planned to become either a doctor or a scientist. Katz first met Venkatesh during office hours when Venkatesh was enrolled in one of his courses his first year here. “His interactions with me were all about science and medicine … things he could do to further his plans to become a scientist or a doctor, what he should read, where he should work,” Katz said in an interview with the Justice. On campus, Venkatesh participat-
ed in Namaskar, which holds events for the holidays of Jains and Sikhs. Sriya Srikrishnan ’12, who was in Namaskar with Venkatesh, wrote in an email to the Justice that she remembered his intelligence. “I have known Akshay very briefly when I had to interview him to be on the Namaskar E-board. He was definitely a very intelligent individual and showed great passion towards the culture he came from,” she wrote. “I pray for his family during this time and I am sorry for the loss.” Isaac Rabbani ’14, who lived with Venkatesh last year on the second floor of Hassenfeld Residence Hall, remembers him as a person who was “crazy good” at the computer
video game Skyrim. “He was a very kooky guy,” he said. “He had a good sense of humor.” Rabbani reflected on his intelligence, saying “He was really passionate about [his major].” “I have met very few people with as much passion for what they were studying as Akshay. … Whenever we would have arguments about anything—politics, psychology, anything—any time it had to do with the brain or human emotions we would ask him because he was the last word on anything neuroscience.” Venkatesh’s family could not be reached by press time for comment or a photo.
BACK IN BUSINESS
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Campus Cares Executive Senator Ricky Rosen ’14 and Student Union Vice President Gloria Park ’13 attend the Senate’s first meeting of the academic year on Sunday. Park introduced her Campus Cares initiative at the meeting. For details, see page 2.
Goldstein announces new undergraduate funds ■ A scholarship from JFEW
will support undergraduate studies and internships with $900,000 over five years. By ALLYSON CARTTER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
At the faculty meeting last Thursday, Provost Steve Goldstein ’78 announced two new sources of funding for undergraduates. One, a scholarship provided in coordination with the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, is awarded to 10 first-year students this year. The other, a $25,000 research fund, is due to begin in the spring or summer of next year. The scholarship offered through JFEW is awarded to incoming female students with an interest in Jewish life. Ten first-year students have been awarded scholarships of $10,000 this year, and 10 more will be selected for next year, according to a statement made by Goldstein at the meeting. In addition to the $10,000, each
student will receive $3,500 for summer internship work, according to Goldstein. JFEW’s gift to Brandeis totals $900,000 over five years. Richard Silberman, associate director of corporate and foundation relations in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and Myles Weisenberg ’78, vice president of development in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, worked with JFEW to bring the program to Brandeis, Silberman wrote in an email to the Justice. The pair contacted JFEW at the suggestion of University President Frederick Lawrence after the organization transitioned from working primarily with individual students to “establishing partnerships with colleges and universities,” wrote Silberman, who continues to serve as liaison to the Foundation. According to Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Elaine Wong, the scholarship recipients were selected through their application to Brandeis. They were notified of the decision over the summer. According to Silberman, they will receive $10,000 each of their four
years at Brandeis. The students will pursue a range of studies and majors. According to the organization’s website, JFEW is a “nonsectarian organization helping women with financial need meet their education and career goals.” The New Yorkbased organization partners with schools and nonprofits to provide scholarships, programs and other support services, the website states. The scholarship is based upon financial need, academic achievements and extracurricular involvement in high school, she said. The 10 students have all demonstrated an “interest in Jewish life,” Wong said in an interview with the Justice. In accordance with JFEW’s stipulations, all students are from the greater New York City area. The summer allotment will be available to use for internships that are related to the goals of JFEW, which include “advancing Jewish life and the role of women,” said Wong. The scholarship also includes programming by Wong and Prof.
Ellen Smith (NEJS), director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. This programming will include meetings with Brandeis faculty, staff, student groups and guest lecturers, as well as events that the students themselves will plan. The goal of this programming, said Wong, is “developing [the students’] leadership skills” and “helping them understand what their strengths are as a leader [and] the things that they would like to further develop so that they can play an active role both on the Brandeis campus and after they graduate.” Lauren Fredman M.A. ’14, a graduate student with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, will serve as a mentor and program coordinator for the students. Fredman said in an interview with the Justice that she will meet with each student twice a semester, in addition to the group’s monthly meetings. The undergraduate research fund that was announced by Goldstein comes from a portion of the Office of the Provost’s budget. The $25,000
allotment will be administered by Dean of Arts and Sciences Susan Birren, said Goldsetin. According to Dean of Academic Services Kim Godsoe, Meredith Monaghan, the director of academic fellowships in the Department of Academic Services, will oversee the program. The program will begin in the spring or summer of next year, and more information will be available by the end of October, said Godsoe. “Well, it’s the best of Brandeis, right?” said Godsoe. “It’s the close faculty-student relations. It’s the small liberal arts but also within the context of a research university where knowledge is being created. It is the transformative experiences that we pride ourselves on.” Godsoe emphasized the importance of undergraduate research opportunities. “We know that for students that do undergraduate research that not only is it a good experience for them but it also helps those students whether they go on to pursue careers or they’re going to graduate school, medical school [or] law school or they’re applying to national fellowships.”
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CHABAD: New house will allow for more intimate experience CONTINUED FROM 1 toward a deep connection to one another and to Judaism.” According to Chein’s email, the original Chabad house typically attracts as many as 150 students for Sabbath dinners on Friday nights. In an email to the Justice, he said that the current house is overflowing with students. “This has taken away from the coziness Chabad seeks to create,” he said. “It also prevents Chanie [his wife] and I from personally interacting with many students.” Chein wrote that the new house will allow 20 to 30 students to enjoy the Shabbat dinner experience, and that its location, on the other side of campus from the original house, will be more convenient for students who live in upper campus or off-campus. The original house was started in fall 2001 by Rabbi Peretz and his wife, Chanie, and has been growing ever since. Now that the number of regular Friday-night attendees is over 150, Fuchs said, the new house that she and Ilan are in the process of moving into will “offer a smaller, more intimate Shabbat dinner where we can get to know students, students can get to know us, there can be more dialogue around the table amongst students in a way that’s really not possible anymore” at the original Chabad house. “The situation is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Chabad at Brandeis President Mitchell Schwartz. “Those who want to be a part of the much larger Shabbat on Turner Street can go there, those who want to attend a more intimate Shabbat can go to South Street, and now the problem of lack of space has been reduced.” Fuchs also said that she’s excited to be coming back to work with Chabad. “It’s strange to be coming back in such a different context,” she said. “I spoke just a little bit at the Shabbat dinner this week, and I said, when I was a student here … I was very much inspired by [Peretz and Chanie], by their commitment to the students here, to the Jewish community in general, to Jewish education, and largely due to their influence, I decided to pursue Jewish education, Jewish communal work following graduation.” Fuchs has come full circle, and
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HOME SWEET HOME: Rabbi Ilan and Sarah Fuchs ’05, a former Chabad president, will lead the Chabad house at 132 South St. said that it’s “fulfilling” to be working with her mentors. In an interview with the Justice, Ilan praised the work that Peretz has done at the original Chabad house, and said that it serves as an example to campus Chabad houses across the country. “This is one that people notice,” he said. “It’s very original programming. So original that many Chabad houses on campuses adopt programs that started here."
“So many of the initiatives are student-led, student-organized, student-driven,” added Fuchs. “When you have a huge community of students … you can accomplish much more.” Ilan received his ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and has a Ph.D. in Jewish law, according to Chein’s email to the community. He has taught at both Tulane University and the University of Calgary. Ilan and Sarah have a four-year-
old daughter, Dina, and a one-yearold son, Asher. They are still in the process of moving into the house, and as of Monday, weren’t sure whether they would be able to host their first dinner this Friday. “It depends on if we have a table,” said Ilan. “And if we can find our pots,” added Fuchs, laughing. “But we’d like to get going as soon as possible.”
enal, just a much bigger job, at a much bigger school. They are trying to build this whole center for Spirituality there. It is right up his alley,” said Cuenin. “He will get to be full-time and facilitate on tasks he never would have had an opportunity to help with at Brandeis.” According to the Center’s website, Kern is responsible for “designing innovative programs that explore spirituality, religious diversity, intercultural competence and civic engagement at the local and global levels.” Kern said in an interview with news@Northeastern that he is “truly grateful for this new adventure, and [understands] the enormous opportunity that exists at Northeastern to pioneer and innovate a new model of religious life on campus and a new model of global leadership development, supporting our students as they tackle the challenges of the 21st century.” Kern declined requests for an interview with the Justice, due to Northeastern’s external communications policies as well as time constraints. Faculty, students and colleagues attended a lunch to honor Kern on Sept. 6 on Chapel’s Field. The lunch was organized by Cuenin. “This is a great opportunity for Alex and we will all miss him,” said Cuenin.
FACULTY: 22 new profs introduced to colleagues at meeting CONTINUED FROM 1 tion. He referred to the so-called “golden rule,” and asked whether Brandeis has treated “these senior officials the way that we would want to be treated.” President Lawrence responded to Mairson’s remarks systematically, answering each concern in turn. He defended the process behind the hiring, saying that his “record on process and searches speaks for itself,” and that this search “required a kind of delicacy that made it inappropriate to have a public process.” Financially, Lawrence said, he pays very close attention to the compensation of his senior team, and he added that “[Manos’] compensation is not what it was his last year at Tufts [University].” Manos was compensated $356,618 during his final year at Tufts, according to Tufts' federal tax filings. Figures for the current compensation of University employees are not publicly available. Finally, Lawrence said that he personally discussed the appointment of Manos with both Collins and Drolette, both of whom he said he holds in “very high regard,” though he declined to elaborate on the details of those conversations. The meeting also included the faculty’s standard business, such as reports from Lawrence and Provost
Steve Goldstein ’78 on the progress of the ongoing strategic planning process that has been the center of much attention in the past year. Lawrence said that the process is in “high gear,” and that the focus is shifting from brainstorming onto beginning to “tighten the spiral” and come up with a framework for the plan. Lawrence also reported that the search for a new senior vice president for communications is moving along, and that the search committee has had a wide range of input and “seen some exciting candidates.” He also said that he envisions the new vice president to be more of an “outside-looking” role that focuses on marketing and branding, rather than the inside-looking, crisis management role, which has more accurately described the position in recent years. There were also 22 new faculty members introduced, from a range of departments. Among them were the new chair of African and AfroAmerican Studies, Chad Williams, and the new poet-in-residence, Elizabeth Bradfield (ENG). Finally, the new head of the faculty senate, Prof. Eric Chasalow (MUS), introduced himself to the gathered faculty and proposed a few ideas for how he plans to incorporate himself into his new role. The former head of the faculty senate was Prof. Timothy Hickey (COSI).
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POSING QUESTIONS: Prof. Harry Mairson (COSI) speaks to University President Frederick Lawrence at Thursday's faculty meeting.
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In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
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Nick Teich builds camps for transgender youth
PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK TEICH
CONSTANT SUPPORT: Teich (left) does his best to create an environment in which campers have fun and learn leadership skills. and queer camps geared toward gay and lesbian teens and some organizations that arrange retreats for transgender youth and their families, Camp Aranu’tiq is the first camp solely for transgender youth, according to Teich. “There’s nothing that distinguishes it, except for the campers, which is very intentional,” said Teich, who noted that no one spending a day at his camp would know that it is different. “What we want to give these kids is a normal experience,” Teich said. “A lot of times at home they’re constantly having to defend their gender or talk about it, go to therapy, or all this stuff that we just want to give them a break from.” Evenings are spent playing capture the flag, sitting around a camp fire or running around on scavenger hunts. “We have parents and kids who have
said that we’ve saved their kids’ lives. These kids now know that there are other kids like them, and even though the camp is only a week, they keep in touch,” Teich said. According to surveys the camp sends out to its campers, about 80 percent of campers keep in touch with one another on a regular basis during the year, and, of those, 96 percent speak on a daily basis. “They are keeping in touch yearround, and that’s a big part of what we encourage because we want when they leave camp for them to be able to go back to their schools and their home being empowered and not feeling stuck for the next 51 weeks,” Teich said. The camp has continued its success, enrolling 65 campers at the New England location this year and opening a new campsite on the west coast. Start-
ing with 36 campers in California, Teich is confident the number will be up by at least 20 for next summer. Equally strong is the volunteer list that has grown so long that many are being turned away for positions to work at the camp. While about half the staff members identify as transgender or gender-variant, the other half do not. “We definitely like the mix because we feel the kids should have role models of all different types,” Teich explained. While Teich is wrapping up the third summer of Camp Aranu’tiq, he is also beginning his third year as a Ph.D. candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where he is working on a dissertation related to the bullying of transgender youth. While his work is not focused specifically on camps, much of Teich’s inspiration has come from Camp Aranu’tiq. In addition to his dissertation work, Teich wrote a book that came out last spring titled Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. “A lot of my thinking of that has come out of seeing the kids at camp and knowing that when they go home to their schools at home they’re harassed and bullied,” Teich said. “And to think that such wonderful kids have to endure this, what does that mean for their lives ahead of them?” The word Aranu’tiq is a word from the Chugach Alaskan tribe that means somebody who embodies both the male and female spirit and is revered for it. “In that culture, people who were in between genders were thought to have natural powers and were people who were looked up to,” Teich said. “I thought it was cool to have the kids know that there are other cultures that don’t see this as a bad thing.”
Preserving familial roots Prof. Shavarini discusses her journey from Iran By CELINE HACOBIAN JUSTICE EDITOR
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WINDOW TO THE PAST: Shavarini’s book started as journal entries.
Prof. Mitra Shavarini (WMGS) says that family history is like a photo album filled with memories from birthday parties, graduations and proms. “Some of these stories evaporate,” she said in a lecture on Friday, unless someone writes them down so that they are not forgotten. Shavarini started writing journal entries for her children so that they would understand their family’s experiences, and this eventually became her book, Dessert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family. Shavarini gave a lecture last Friday in the Laurie Theater about her new book that depicts her family’s journey to the United States and their relationship with their homeland of Iran. The lecture was followed by Leila May Pascual’s ’15 Tagalog song about her own experiences as an immigrant from the Philippines; a historical background by Prof. Kristin Lucken (IGS); and audience reflections portrayed by a playback theatre group composed of Will Chalmus ’07, Nathan Porteshawver ’09 and Etta King ’10. Shavarini addressed the idea of writing down family histories because “we all have our own perspectives,” she said. While a family history can be a “treasure chest of stories,” howvever, it can also be “a Pandora’s box” that acknowledges instances that create familial tension. Shavarini was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States when she was nine-years old. “We came as a family unit, which at that time was very rare, because most Iranians who
were coming at that time were students and typically male, so to come as a family unit was very odd,” she said in an interview with the Justice. Shavarini’s father was on a fouryear assignment with the National Iranian Oil Company. Although he went back to Iran in 1976 at the end of his four years, he wanted his children to get an American education, so Shavarini and her brother stayed in Rhode Island with their mother. The state turned out to be “a rude awakening for us, because we were dark-skinned people in a really white environment,” she said. When her father returned to his home country in 1976, Iran “was [in] a time of boom and prosperity, but then by 1978, things turned dark and then [my father] left at the end of 1978, thinking ‘it’s a temporary thing until everything is quelled,’ but then it turned out to be 33 years before he went back,” she said. In fact, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was forced to leave Iran after being overthrown. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took over as supreme leader, resulting in arrests and executions of members of left-leaning ideological parties. During the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979, when 52 Americans were held captive for more than 400 days after the American Embassy in Tehran was taken over by Islamist students, Shavarini was able to finish her education at the University of Rhode Island because she was already enrolled, whereas due to of the lack of diplomatic realtions between the United States and Iran, Iranian students could not get student VISAs to pursue a college education in the United States.
Everybody counts, everybody deserves a chance, everybody has a responsible role to play and we all do better when we work together.
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sically told me not to come back. They outright told me not to come back,” Teich said. Knowledgeable enough about the workings of a camp from his own experience, Teich decided to begin a camp of his own where transgender youth could find a weeklong oasis. “I knew that there’d be enough kids because I had started learning about trans kids and meeting them and working with them in different capacities, so I knew that wouldn’t be a problem,” he said. After gathering some friends and putting together a board of directors, Teich began his research on how to start a nonprofit organization. Reaching out to donors and fundraising for the camp, Teich gathered 41 campers and 20 staff members for the first camp of its kind. Though there are a handful of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
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With days filled with sports, drama, arts and crafts and rock-climbing, a day at Camp Aranu’tiq doesn’t feel all that different from most other summer camps. But founded in 2010 by Nick Teich, a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Camp Aranu’tiq is the first camp in the world for transgender youth, according to Teich. A weeklong summer camp for kids ages eight to 15, Camp Aranu’tiq seeks to provide transgender and gendervariant youth with a fun camp experience and to foster leadership skills in a place where campers are able to express themselves comfortably, according to the camp’s website. Located in Southern New England and Southern California (the exact locations are not disclosed by Teich for the youths’ safety), the idea for the weeklong camp was conceived when Teich realized the need for a camp environment for transgender kids. Teich himself spent 13 summers at a camp before he began identifying as transgender. It wasn’t until he was older that he began to think about other kids who do, as well. Recognizing that camps are gendered for reasons including the separation of cabins, Teich, a 29-year-old social worker from Newton, Mass., realized that transgender youth had no comfortable place to go to enjoy the summer camp experience. Around the time he realized this, Teich received a call from another camp where he knew the directors and had volunteered as a girl before he identified as male. “Once I announced that I was going to transition, they ba-
Once she graduated from URI, Shavarini moved to Massachusetts, received her teaching degree and taught at a private school. Around the time that the hostages were released, Shavarini started teaching students with special needs and then taught students with socioeconomic disadvantages. In 1992, the Iranian government asked for ex-patriots to travel to the country to help rebuild it after the revolution. “I was in my 20s and idealistic, … so I went back and I taught at a university over there, fell in love with it and then came back to this country wanting to go get a degree in education and work on women’s education in the Muslim world specifically in Iran on higher education,” she said. Because she is unable to stay in Iran for more than four months, she taught for one semester in Iran before she came back to the United States to receive her doctorate from Harvard University. For years, she went back and forth between the United States and Iran doing research and fieldwork in her homeland. Shavarini immediately recognized the differences in culture after a “draining” revolution. She found it challenging to see the youth in the society who had experienced all the atrocities of the revolution. “We were Iranians on both sides, yet we had such different experiences and they thought that … we had lived outside and didn’t go through the same suffering that they had, and yet, we did. It was really tough to survive in [the United States],” she said. Shavarini says that she realizes why Iranians in Iran were resentful of their “life of
privilege in the West.” Although Shavarini was able to adjust to the culture depending on which country she was in, her parents were not able to do the same. She said her mother had difficulty creating friendships, and while part of it resulted from the Iranian cultural norm of being reserved, part of it was also because she was not able to find a place among the residents of Rhode Island, who did not understand how to welcome her into the community. “[My parents] didn’t invite people over because I think they were really ashamed that they were going through hard times,” she said. Shavarini said that her book was not originally meant to be a book. “When I started to write, it was just journal entries,” she said. She began to write them for her children when they were born and continued when her parents decided to move back to Iran. “I was worried that we’d lose a lot of these families because I thought it was their role to give these stories to [my children], and then ... there wouldn’t even be an opportunity for them to hear them,” she said. Shavarini said that the process was sometimes spiritual because “you connect to some sort of other world that you didn’t know, … so for me to try to conjure those times up in the story meant that I had to go to a different world and really live it and experience it to describe it,” she said. Shavarini is thankful to her father for bringing her family to the U.S. despite the hardships her family endured. “[The book] really started out of journal entries and for me not to lose my parents’ story.”
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Manos’ hire raises concerns At last week’s Faculty meeting, Prof. Harry Mairson (COSI) expressed his concerns and relayed those of other faculty members about recruiting a new chief operating officer, Steven Manos, to oversee and steer the University’s budget and financial operations. Prof. Mairson was upset that another top-level administrator with a six-figure salary was hired while the University continues to struggle financially. He also raised issue with the lack of transparency during the brief hiring process. Mr. Manos was recruited without an announced search or search committee toward the end of the summer and without some of the faculty’s knowledge. Like Prof. Mairson, we would like to understand the circumstances that led to Mr. Manos being appointed to the COO position. We wonder if Manos’ hire is indicative of a larger financial issue at the University.
University needs transparency Prior to his five-year retirement, Mr. Manos served as the executive vice president at Tufts University. Mr. Manos is well known in the educational community for his role in helping Tufts University stabilize their finances and come out of their deficit. According to Tufts’ website, during his tenure Mr. Manos helped to eliminate a $3 million deficit. In a similar situation as Tufts University once was, the University itself is operating at a deficit. Mr. Manos’ experience will undoubtedly help the University solidify its financial situation. The administration is not obligated to reveal every measure of its decisionmaking process. While Mr. Manos will certainly be an asset to the administration, his hire at this time raises concerns over the full extent of the University’s financial predicament.
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Right now fraternities and sororities are actively recruiting and students are vying for bids to join these exclusive organizations. Last semester, the Justice reported that 9.3 percent of the student body was involved in Greek life. Despite their growing influence, fraternities and sororities are still prohibited by the University. Do you believe it’s time for Greek life to be officially recognized at Brandeis?
Sarah Johnson ’13 I don’t find fraternities and sororities to be any more exclusive than many other organizations that are officially recognized here at Brandeis. While it’s true that Greek life is not for everyone, neither are many other clubs that do have that official recognition. Given that these organizations are no more exclusive than others, it is time that they are officially recognized by the University.
Continue merit-based aid At last Thursday’s faculty meeting, two new sources of funding were announced for undergraduate students. One, a grant from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, will award qualifying female students $10,000 a year. The other, a $25,000 research fund for undergraduates. This editorial board is excited and intrigued by these new developments, especially given recent tuition hikes. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to afford Brandeis, and these announcements signify the University’s commitment to easing students’ financial burden in every way possible. Beyond the financial relief that these grants provide to some students, the new funds will hopefully increase the prestige
Attract passionate students of the University. As we have written previously, merit-based aid is an effective tactic for attracting highly-qualified, motivated students to Brandeis. The unfortunate reality is that some of the best students will choose not to go to Brandeis because other universities offer more enticing financial aid packages. While we understand that merit scholarships will not be fully reinstated in the near future because of the University’s commitment to meeting all need-based aid, we are hopeful that these new sources of funding will play a role in attracting what Brandeis needs: passionate students who will make significant contributions to the University and society.
Nadav Pearl ’14 I’m curious about some of the ramifications that official recognition would have for Greek life at Brandeis: Would fraternities and sororities get funding from the University? Would they have a chance to recruit and publicize on campus at specified events, as clubs do? The truth is that I think recognizing Greek life would change very little in their influence on-campus—they will remain off-campus, exclusive clubs to which only some are privy; I don’t think that official recognition would change that. I feel that sororities and fraternities at Brandeis like it that way: they are separate, independent and unrelated to Brandeis itself. Recognized or not, I doubt fraternities and sororities will do anything differently than they do now.
Jeremy Berman ’13 If properly collaborated between the school and fraternities, Greek life should be officially recognized at Brandeis. Not only does Greek life provide benefits to its members, but also the entire school community. It teaches leadership and team building skills, while performing charitable activities on campus. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, Greek life will enhance Brandeis’ public image, which, for a lack of a better word, is lacking.
Brandeisian, even off-campus This year there are more Brandeis students living off campus than ever before, according to according to an email to offcampus students from Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer. This increase creates the potential for tension between the City of Waltham and the University. However, by maintaining our responsibilities as Brandeis citizens, we can mitigate future issues with the greater Waltham community. As more individuals join the Waltham community, we urge students to be mindful of their environment and respect other Waltham residents. In his email, Dean Sawyer reminded off-campus students that they are members of the Brandeis community, regardless of their proximity to the University. In this vein, this board encourages students to respect the communities in which they live—especially those Waltham neighborhoods that are frequently traversed en route to off-campus parties. While there will always be issues between a college town and its students, this board wants to emphasize that Brandeis students are much more than late-night nuisances to Waltham residents. The
Maintain Waltham ties University’s relationship with Waltham is cultivated through students’ participation in community service. The Waltham Group, for example, includes volunteering opportunities like Junior Brandeis Achievers, a free after-school program at Waltham elementary schools; and the Language and Cultural Enrichment a tutoring program, among many, for which Brandeis students work with kids to develop their English. Students also participate in programs like WATCH Tenant Advocacy Clinic, which provides Waltham residents with free legal advice regarding housing rights. Overall, the Brandeis community registers tens of thousands of hours of community service each year. As students continue to move off campus in future years, it’s important to maintain strong relations with Waltham. Perhaps the administration can help facilitate this relationship. By upholding our responsibilities as Brandeis students in performing community service, we will continue to heal and strengthen our relationship with the Waltham community.
Maddie Ziff ’13 During the process of selecting a college in senior year of high school, one of the reasons I was initially attracted to Brandeis was the absence of fraternities and sororities. To me, this indicated that Brandeis was one single community, not divided into exclusive hierarchical groups. However, my three years here have shown me that it’s possible to maintain this cohesiveness while still acknowledging the different interests and activities of groups and individuals. Students here commonly divide up into informal groups of friends and official university-recognized clubs based on a wide variety of criteria (just look at the Activities Fair!), and I don’t see why sororities and fraternities should be an exception. If there’s enough interest in Greek life, why not recognize it on campus as long as it is subject to the same rules and policies as other Brandeis organizations?
Eli Philip ’15 While Greek life plays an important social role in many universities, I find that it is actually the limited Greek life at Brandeis which facilitates the tight community we have here. In not officially recognizing fraternities and sororities, Brandeis is sending the message that all students belong to one single community. The beauty of our university is that students care for each other and are willing to help one another out, I believe the recognition of Greek life on campus could splinter our community and take away that unique aspect of Brandeis.
READER COMMENTARY Apologize to Prof. Donald Hindley To the Editor: I applaud Aaron Fried ’14 for his wonderful column, “Restore Louis Brandeis’ free speech legacy.” Fried powerfully articulates some of the gross abuses that come from vague speech codes on university campuses. Indeed, these vague speech codes are diametrically opposed to the legacy of Louis Brandeis. He would be ashamed to see a university in his name listed as one of the “12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2012.” Unfortunately, Fried does not go into why Brandeis was first listed as one of the 12 worst colleges for free speech in America. Brandeis is not just on the list because of its vague codes, but because of a specific and shameful incident for which the administration has refused to apologize for. In 2008, Prof. Donald Hindley (POL), a beloved and distinguished professor with almost 50 years of teaching experience, was found guilty of racial harassment for explaining the origins of and criticizing the use of a racial epithet, ‘wetback’, in his Latin American Politics class. Without the adequate due process guaranteed him in the Faculty Handbook, Hindley was declared guilty, had a monitor placed in his class room and was not given a written account of the allegations or allowed to defend himself. Student and faculty opposition was widely ignored, and deteriorating relations between the administration and Faculty Senate led to a two-year shutdown in the hearing of grievances by the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities. As a Justice Forum editor, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education intern and Hoot columnist, I worked with FIRE and with the faculty to try to remove Brandeis from the rather odious opprobrium of the Red Alert list. As a Brandeis Alumni, I remain ashamed that Brandeis has remained on the FIRE Red Alert list for almost four years despite the vigorous protests of students and faculty. I renew my call to President Frederick M. Lawrence to finally do justice to Prof. Hindley by apologizing to him for the abuses that he suffered and removing the taint of guilt from his faculty file.
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Cultivate interest in career fields Hannah
Goldberg Everthing illuminated Senior year has finally arrived. We’re beginning to experience the frustrations that accompany finding a job, or sometimes as equally challenging, submitting applications to graduate school in today’s less-than-stellar economy. I’m almost completely done with my applications to medical school, and I’m fortunate to have a career in mind that I’m really excited about. I have considered other careers, such as a journalist, a neuroscience researcher, or a professor, while at Brandeis. However, I always arrived back at physician. I cannot wait to begin studying medicine. Even the hard work of writing dozens of essays for applications to medical school has been strangely gratifying. I’ve done plenty of shadowing and gathered as much clinical experience as a college student can amass through Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps and the local ambulance company in my hometown. I’ve also shadowed a number of physicians, which has given me the opportunity to ask them for advice and to find out about their busy lifestyles. Completing all of these requirements and courses has
been rewarding, but it has also been fraught with some expected disappointments. One disappointment for which I was not ready was the admonitions from established physicians not to enter their career. And I’m not alone. A number of my friends have received similar feedback while talking to professionals in the fields of scientific research, urban design and academia. Perhaps the turbulent economy has contributed to this air of pessimism among professionals. I can imagine that everyone is working a little harder and jumping through more administrative hoops than before to achieve the same profits and prestige. But now, more than ever, it is important for today’s professionals to put on a smile and make us feel like we made a good decision to aspire toward their career. Maybe these hardships are overshadowing the parts of their job that they still really love. Perhaps these professionals have been working in their field for a long time and now take for granted the aspects of their job that they thought were too good to be true when they first began. I’m thrilled with my decision to pursue a career as a physician, but making an expensive and long-term commitment to a career in medicine can be overwhelming. I am scared to become a dependent member of today’s economy. The competition for jobs or admittance into graduate school is fierce, but it is still important to be reminded by the people who
have “been there” that one day it is possible for those just starting out to find security and satisfaction in our own careers. This is not to say that I want to be lied to. I know that every career—perhaps especially a career in medicine—comes with its own set of frustrations and significant sacrifices. I want to know all about these so I can make an informed decision about my future. However, professionals should do their best to reign in their pessimism. If you truly regret your career decision, tell me that. But please be ready to explain why, and only do so after careful consideration. Please don’t dissuade me from a promising, noble career in a field toward which I have been working because your specific circumstances did not turn out exactly as you had hoped. Do not mistake our enthusiasm for naïveté. If someone has done the research, class work, shadowing, internships and standardized testing necessary to be competitive for a career, then they are about as well informed as anyone can be before actually working a job. If we are not enthusiastic now, do you expect us to become more excited as we become weighed down by adult commitments? In order for us to maintain this level of excitement as we face our careers, it is important to feel welcomed and encouraged by those who have already found success. I encourage professionals to embrace their position as role models. Please be encouraging, but realistic, as you help to guide our decisions about our future. After all, you were once in our shoes.
—Daniel Ortner ’10 Daniel Ortner is a former Forum editor of the Justice and was a summer intern at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in 2009.
Reevaluate foreign student support In response to your article, “Apparent Suicide stuns campus,” (Sept. 4th) We must take a closer look at support systems available to international students. While technology can bridge communications between students and their families abroad, the social isolation on campus can be very real. Individual factors play a strong role, but I think universities can do more to provide a safety net for foreign students. International recruitment efforts must be matched by on-campus resources for these students whose continued growth is underestimated in this article, that continue to fill a huge void at Brandeis. —Valerie Shalom Berman ’81
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On campus sexual assault resources in need of reevaluation By Michael abrams JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
Over the summer, the administration addressed the sorely lacking sexual assault policy available in the student Rights and Responsibilities handbook. Some of the changes that were made include the creation of a new special examiner position, which will handle the investigation of sexual assault cases. Instead of having the Student Conduct Board handle sexual assault cases, as in years past, one individual will now be focused on investigating them and submitting his or her findings to the dean of student life to reach a final decision about the case. This position has a lot of promise. By appointing a well-qualified and independent special examiner, the University can cement its commitment to punishing sexual offenders. To do so, we would need to find someone who is experienced in dealing with sexual assault cases and has not been affiliated with the University previously in order to ensure that they are completely impartial. This would also show how serious the administration is about resolving these grave offenses and how determined it is to ensure that justice is served. These changes are great and will hopefully do much to prevent and resolve
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sexual assault cases, but more can be done. Perhaps the reasons for the aforementioned improvements to the handbook are the University’s past problems with sexual assault and how to respond to it. Two of the most significant problems are potentially inaccurate reporting and lack of resources for sexual assault victims. The University has reported less than three “forcible sexual offenses,” such as rape, in the past three years, which is highly statistically improbable. In 2008 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 20 to 25 percent of college women have experienced an attempted or completed rape. This excludes victims of other genders and gender identities, further illustrating the unlikeliness that the University’s statistic is accurate. It should also be noted, with all due caution, that like at any other school, anecdotal evidence contradicts the University’s numbers. In fact, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance held a silent protest last spring in the library, called the “>3 Campaign,” symbolizing the inaccuracy of the official rape statistic. The low reported numbers of sexual assault could be because of the University’s smaller size in comparison to many other schools around the country. But considering how much smaller our numbers
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are compared to the national averages, it is also likely there are many instances of non-reporting. But how do we fix the inaccuracies of the reports? It is a major issue both on campus and all over the country and one that requires more awareness. More information sessions could be organized by Community Advisors and clubs like Student Sexuality Information Service, Students Talking About Relationships and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance to raise awareness about rape on college campuses and what to do if you are sexually assaulted. Furthermore, the administration could work with these clubs to show that the University is presenting a united front to combat sexual assault on campus. Another effective tactic that has already been implemented at other universities is to have stickers on bathroom-stall doors explaining what to do if you have been raped. This way, if someone does not want to immediately talk to someone at the Golding Health Center, Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps or the Brandeis Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline, they can still get information that will help them through their trauma. I also think this represents a very simple—yet very effective—way to both encourage reporting and ensure that when students do re-
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port what happened, the evidence collected and information provided is as accurate as possible. The University also has a lot of ground to cover in terms of resources available to victims. Currently, the Rape Crisis Hotline is only available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. If a 24-hour hotline was established and a rape crisis center was created, students would always have a safe place on-campus they could call and visit to help them deal with their trauma. Part of the Health Center could be utilized as a rape crisis center. The staff there are already well-trained in how to handle sexual assault cases. This means the only added expense for the University would be to keep the hotline and the health center running for 24 hours. Although this will most likely be a significant cost, the benefits of 24-hour resources would be well worth it. Such resources are integral to the mental and physical safety of rape victims. It is clear the University is taking positive steps in reforming our sexual assault policy. I am proud of this fact. I think the new policies the administration has put in place can produce tangible results. But it is also clear that even more can, and must, be done to ensure that Brandeis is a place where sexual assault is handled in a compassionate, fair and effective way.
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FORUM DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Future nominees emerge Glen Chagi
This past week, the Democratic National Convention closed up shop with yet another riveting speech from President Barack Obama. The election season is now in the home stretch with both candidates officially nominated and each nominee spewing out promises. Everything is in place for quite an interesting finish in November. However, something else can be derived from the conventions beside who was nominated for the 2012 presidential race. Who was in attendance and who was missing can be very telling, especially when looking forward to the potential 2016 candidates. For the Democrats, Martin O’Malley, the Maryland governor, and Mark Warner, the Virginia senator, both made numerous press appearances. And Joe Biden made the most of his primetime speech just before President Obama’s with a fiery performance. On the Republican side, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey lived up to his growing reputation for being honest with a fierce and refreshingly blunt speech. Marco Rubio from Florida and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan also took advantage of the national stage and delivered speeches with the country watching. However, there was one Democratic mainstay who was clearly missing from the Democratic Convention, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made a captivating and well-received speech—while Hillary watched on a TV screen in Timor-Leste during a visit with the Prime Minister. Future candidates
often use the conventions to springboard themselves onto the national stage. President Obama is a prime example with his speech at the 2004 convention. Obviously, as Secretary of State and as the former first lady, Clinton does not need any branding to her name; she is well known. However, the questions can still be asked: What was Hillary doing in Timor-Leste now of all times? The duties of Secretary of State are clearly demanding, however, one would think Clinton would have fit the convention into her schedule. Is it plausible to deduce that Hillary Clinton is putting her presidential run on the back burner? Is her everlong dream to run this country from the Oval Office over? Based on her absence from this year’s convention, the answer is at the very least, maybe.
Who was in attendance and who was missing can be very telling. On the Republican side two major players were virtually absent from the convention, former President George W. Bush and Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts. Bush’s absence was clearly deliberate—as it is easy to infer that no one from the Republican Party wants Romney to be even remotely associated with him. The Republicans have taken numerous steps to put the fault of the current economic woes squarely on the shoulders of the Obama administration, even though it is clear the Bush administration has contributed a major amount of the fault. Bush simply adds nothing positive to the Romney campaign and there-
fore is clearly not involved. However, it was still a shock to see how minimal Bush’s role truly was in the convention—a testament to his popularity. Scott Brown, the junior senator from Massachusetts, was also featured in a very limited role at the Republican National Convention ,with just one brief appearance. Then again, the reason behind his absence was quite different than Bush, as he is entrenched in an election of his own. Brown is running for Senate in the clear blue state of Massachusetts. He is desperately trying to appeal to the liberal population. One of Romney’s main goals throughout the Republican National Convention was to solidify the conservative base of the Republican Party. Brown on the other hand is trying to remove himself from that very conservative base. Playing a major role in the convention would have severely hindered Brown’s own agenda. However, how effective was his minimal convention role in appealing to the liberal Massachusetts population? And more importantly, does it hurt his future success as a politician? Brown has been an up-and-coming member of the Republican Party virtually since his first Senate election. His path seemed to mimic that of Mitt Romney himself, leading up to a potential presidential bid in 2016. By not participating, Brown may have severely hurt his chances for a future presidential nomination. This year’s political conventions were full of invigorating speeches. Those who spoke took advantage of the opportunity and used the convention to take their place in the national political conversation. Both parties may be looking ahead to 2016 after these conventions with both Hillary Clinton and Scott Brown potentially being left behind.
Compassion arises as highlight at convention By NOAH HORWITZ JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
My father is usually a cynic when it comes to politics. While he was growing up, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated a few blocks away from his grade school. During his freshman year of college, both of his idols, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, were assassinated one after another in a matter of months. After watching the Republican Primary debates last year, he uttered a phrase that I have always remembered vis-à-vis policy in this country: “compassion is out of fashion.” During these debates, Republican presidential candidates were asked what they would do with an indigent person with mortal wounds showing up at a hospital, and the crowd yelled to let him die. Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, the belief that there is no morality and that one’s only purpose should be selfinterest, is popular; it is okay to be a selfish, money-grubbing putz because that is the American dream. To hell with everyone else, climb up the ladder of success and then pull it up after you. While the candidates of the Republican Party seemed to exacerbate the issue, over the past few years Democrats have been similarly guilty of putting up with it as well, by supporting painful austerity measures that devastated impoverished families. However, I saw this change during the past week in Charlotte. This past week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. with the delegation of my home state of Texas—yes, we have Democrats there too. What I was expecting was a retreat from the optimism of 2008 to the moderate cruelty and ambivalence of 2004.
What I saw thoroughly impressed me, and gave me hope for the present and the future. In stark contrast to the Republican’s theme of “We Built It,” upward mobility and the condemnation of global warming and other undisputed science, the Democrats had a theme of togetherness, equality and a strong national defense. In a great rebuttal to the Republicans’ seemingly new obsession with the national debt, former President Bill Clinton, the only modern president to balance a budget, praised and endorsed President Obama’s tactics on the economy and the budget. Reminiscent of the heavy focus on national defense at the 2004 Republican National Convention, speakers such as Democratic Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts and former Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth praised the president’s ability to keep this nation safe, and many more lauded the accomplishment of bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. But perhaps most inspiring and most heartwarming was the Democratic endorsement of a compassionate society and equitable economy. Raising taxes on the rich was a minimal talking point four years ago. However, now the candidates are unabashedly critical of the “one percent” and are loud about repealing the Bush tax cuts. The past few years had seen a bipartisan support for cruel, austere cuts that devastated poorer people, such as subtractions from food stamps, Head Start and children’s health insurance. This year’s convention ran counter, with a slogan of “Americans coming together.” The convention’s platform endorsed marriage equality and women’s rights over their own bodies, but most importantly, compassion.
Modern conventions devolve into waste of time By Daniel Kaos JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
Political party conventions used to hold actual meaning. Party leaders sat in the proverbial smoke-filled backrooms and did what they were sent there to do—nominate candidates. With the introduction of extensive primaries and caucuses, the all-important power of choice has shifted from the party bosses to the people. With both the Republican and Democratic National conventions taking place in the past two weeks, we can look back and see the truth. Conventions as they are now are expensive, do not create any real news and may not be necessary. In today’s fast-paced, communication-frenzied world, party conventions are no longer secretive and contain none of the backroom dealing that they used to. A party’s nominee is known well in advance. Moreover, modern conventions lack any sort of surprise—Clint Eastwood’s now infamous speech at the Republican National Convention aside—and voters have come to see conventions as nothing more than four-day-long infomercials. According to a Pew Research Center poll, the public paid far less attention to this year’s Republican National Convention than it did to the convention four years ago. Only 37 percent of Americans said they watched all or some of the Republican National Convention, down from 56 percent in 2008. The same holds true for the Democrats. Former President Bill Clinton’s speech drew 1.6 million less viewers compared to the 2008 Democratic National convention. Even more importantly, portions
of the money used to fund the conventions come not from the parties themselves, but from Congress. According to an investigation by Bloomberg News, Congress doled out $136 million to pay for security and other expenses, which can include balloons, signs and even alcohol. This money, which could be used to help advance education or healthcare, is instead being allocated to preserve an unnecessary and archaic nominating system. Perhaps the parties themselves are also beginning to realize that the conventions may not give their candidates as much of a boost as they once believed. While the standing theory is that after a convention, and the increased media coverage there, will be a rise in the public support, but not all recent polls indicate that. In the immediate days after the Republican National Convention, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not see much of a boost to his campaign. A Gallup tracking poll showed that Romney’s support after the convention stood at 46 percent of registered voters, a very slight difference when compared to the 47 percent who supported him in the days before the convention. On the other hand, President and Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama did experience a bounce. According to the most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, he gained a four-point lead over Mitt Romney following the convention. The Obama campaign, however, is downplaying the bounce. David Plouffe, a senior adviser to the president, dismissed the polls, saying that the campaign gained “momentum” from the convention but that it “doesn’t mean the race is
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going to change significantly.” Supporters of conventions claim that conventions are not meant only to nominate a candidate, but also to inspire and excite the party base. This is true. Conventions are a way for unknown politicians to rise to national fame. In 2004, then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama delivered a remarkable keynote address that catapulted him onto the national stage. There has been much speculation around the future career of 37-year-old San
Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who delivered the keynote address at this year’s Democratic National Convention. While it is true that the conventions are launching pads for up-and-coming politicians, there is no reason that the convention needs to be four days long. This ties into a solution that isn’t too radical and would be easy to implement. Shortening the conventions by two or three days would not only save taxpayer dollars, it would also increase attention and focus.
By cutting out long speeches and formalities, the parties could still nominate their candidate and excite voters, without looking as if they are begging for support. It is not unreasonable to expect change for the next election. Maybe four years from now the parties will realize that it is in their interest, and the nation’s interest, to shorten the conventions and spend more time going around the country detailing their policies and connecting with voters.
Women start off on a high note ■ The volleyball squad won
three of five games at home to improve from last year. By JACOB MOSKOWITZ JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The women’s volleyball team made the most out of its home court advantage last week. Brandeis earned three out of four wins at the Brandeis Invitational against Rhode Island College, McDaniel College and Babson College last weekend. However, the squad suffered losses to Tufts University and Wellesley College in the home opener last Wednesday. Brandeis ended the week with a resounding 3-1 victory over Rhode Island College, winning by margins of 25-19, 25-17, 22-25 and 25-21. Outside hitter Liz Hood ’15 led the way with 14 kills, while setter Yael Einhorn ’14 had another strong game with 44 assists. The Judges roared right out of the gate with 11 kills and just two errors in the first set while notching 17 kills
against three errors in the second set. After falling 25-22 in a hard fought third set and trailing by 18-10 in the fourth set, the Judges lost the momentum. Suddenly, Rhode Island College seemed poised to take the match to a tie-breaking fifth set. The Judges would not go away easily, though. They rattled off four straight points to cut the deficit in half, bringing the score to 18-14. After Rhode Island College extended its lead to 20-15, Brandeis went on a 9-0 run and found itself one point away from taking the match. After Rhode Island College drew to within one with a kill, middle blocker Becca Fischer ’13 took care of the rest, sending a kill down the middle to end the match. The Judges have trailed by one or two sets in many different occasions this season. Unlike last season, though, the team is able to claw back and win in crucial moments. “Our team this year is really supportive of each other,” Einhorn said. “Even when we find ourselves in trouble, we can help each other, push each other through tough situations.” Brandeis encountered a similar situation in the morning match last
Saturday against McDaniel College. The squad trailed by sets margins of 1-0 and 2-1. Yet the Judges managed to defeat the Green Terror in a thrilling nailbiter by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-9. Hood had 20 kills and Einhorn had 49 assists. Defensive specialist Susan Sun ’13 also contributed 18 digs. The Judges, after falling behind 2-1, seemed poised to lose the match. However, the team managed an impressive 16 kills to just two errors. Hood recorded eight of the kills, and the squad took the fourth set 25-21. The Judges seized control from that point, as five different players tallied a kill to give Brandeis a 15-9 win. The Judges dismantled Babson College on Friday with a 25-18, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-13 victory. Hood led the way with 13 kills, while defensive specialist Elsie Bernaiche ’15 had 29 digs. Outside hitter Si-Si Hensley ’14 also offered eight kills and 13 digs in the win. In the team's second game of the night, however, Brandeis fell to local rival Tufts by scores of 25-27, 25-22, 2520 and 25-19. The Judges committed 29 errors compared to the 16 they committed in their earlier match against
Babson, and they suffered in light of their own mistakes. Bernaiche led the way with 26 digs and Einhorn tallied 30 assists. Hensley also earned 9 kills and 10 digs. Einhorn stated that the match against Tufts, while a difficult loss, would help them in estimating their abilities against similar University Athletic Association competition. “We may have lost to Tufts, but we played extremely well,” she said. “However, we tend to play at the level of our opponent, which is not necessarily good. Tufts most resembles teams that we will play in the UAA.” Brandeis began the week with a disappointing 3-0 loss to Wellesley College in the home opener by margins of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-20. All three sets were close affairs, but at each moment, Wellesley managed to pull away for the victory. Hensley led the way with eight kills. Bernaiche had 17 digs, while Einhorn tallied 23 assists. The Judges look to continue their momentum in a match at Endicott College tomorrow. They then come back home to play Emmanuel College and Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday.
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LUNGING LOB: Middle blocker Carly Gutner-Davis ’15 dives to put the ball in play following a 3-1 victory against Babson College in the Brandeis Invitiational last Friday night.
MSOCCER: Squad remains undefeated CONTINUED FROM 12 Matthew Monheit fed first-year forward William Lee, who finished to make it 3-2. Although it seemed that the Judges would grab the fourth goal to put the nail in the coffin, MIT turned the game on its head. A free kick from the right flank was played into the box. However, the ball only went as far as freshman midfielder Sean Bingham, who ripped an effort from 30 yards that took a deflection off of a defender and beat Minchoff to his left to make it 3-3 with 10:29 left. Given that there was no further
scoring, the contest went into the first of two 10-minute “sudden death” overtimes. It only took 79 seconds for the hammer blow to arrive. MIT conceded a free-kick 18 yards out on the right side. Despite the fact that many teams would put a left-footer in charge of sending the cross in, the Judges elected to have the rightfooted Russo send in a free kick in which the ball would be curling away from the goal. The senior stepped up and whipped a curling ball across the net and into the top corner on the far side. The goal released bedlam from the large contingent of home fans, who reveled in the nature of the win
Last Saturday, the Judges raced out to a 4-0 lead in their match against Clark as Russo, Eisenbies, midfielder Kyle Feather ’14 and midfielder Sam Ocel ’13 scored first-half goals to put the Judges firmly in the driving seat against a team that beat Brandeis 1-0 last year. However, the visiting Cougars made the scoreboard look a bit deceptive with goals against the run of play from junior forwards Will Van Noppen and Josh Demers to restore some parity. Wednesday’s home opener proved to be more of a rout. In the 17th minute, Applefield opened the scoring, curling a left-footed free kick around
the wall and into the far corner to give the Judges a 1-0 lead. Russo scored the game’s second goal at 24 minutes, heading in a bouncing ball from Ocel. Rookie forward Chris Bradley ’16 notched the Judges’ third goal in the 36th minute. Feather, Savonen, Bradley and defender Conor Lanahan ’16 all scored in the second half as well to give the Judges their first home win of the year. While the Judges face two road tests at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Lasell College this week, Russo is optimistic about his team’s play. “We’re a new team,” he said, “but we’re starting to figure things out.”
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WSOCCER: Team wins in crucial regional contests CONTINUED FROM 12 nine first-half shots were on net. The Judges finally took the lead just after the half-hour mark. First-year midfielder Melissa Darling ’16 had her shot saved by Pride sophmomore goalkeeper Erin Greenstein. Following a mad scramble, defender Chelsea Van Baush ’16 slid the ball to the waiting Spital, who made no mistake from close range to put the Judges up 1-0. However, the job was far from done. Goalie Michelle Savuto ’15 once again replaced Kofinas, who saved two shots in goal in the second half and was called into action four times. She made her presence known with an outstanding 66th minute save to deny Springfield’s junior attacker Nina Vital. The stop would prove to be crucial, as Brandeis dealt the coup de grace in the 78th minute. A perfectly aimed pass found its way into the penalty area, where Spital was on hand to slam it home and provide that sorely needed insurance goal. It proved to be a huge win against a team that the Judges lost to 2-0 last season. Savuto believed the team's well-planned attack and resilient defense were key factors in the victory against Springfield. "We proved we could beat physical teams by playing smarter. We used time well in the game and were able to slow them down on their attacking drives," she said. "I'm confident that as we continue to play more, our game speed and cohesion will only get better. The Judges were out for revenge three days earlier against Roger Williams, who had won 2-0 last year as well. In that contest, Spital broke the deadlock in the 12th minute once again, pulling a nice series of moves inside the box before firing a shot past Hawks junior goalkeeper Stephanie Jacques. The Judges scored again just 12 minutes later. Back Kelly Peterson ’14 caused mayhem inside the Roger Williams' penalty area, firing a pass to forward Holly Szafran ’16, who was on hand to head the ball into the net, giving the Judges a 2-0 advantage that they would take into the break. Spital ensured there would be no comeback for the Hawks 64 seconds into the second half, firing home a loose ball to balloon the lead to 3-0. Szafran then added her second goal eight minutes later in notable fashion. After pulling a series of moves down the right flank, the first-year lifted a high shot towards the near post. The shot caught Jacques out of position, sailing over the goalkeeper’s head and under the crossbar to wrap up the scoring. Savuto was greatly impressed with the performance of the younger players on the squad who are dedicated to winning a NCAA championship. "I'm genuinely impressed by all the new players," she said. "They all are so passionate about the game and want to help bring the team to another NCAA tournament." Brandeis travels to Bridgewater State University today for a 3:30 p.m. clash in which the Judges will look to avenge last year’s 1-0 defeat.
jUDGES BY THE NUMBERS
Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
RISING STAR TO WATCH
Men’s Soccer UAA STANDINGS
TEAM STATS Goals
Not including Monday’s games UAA Conference Overall W L D W L D Pct. JUDGES 0 0 0 5 0 0 1.000 NYU 0 0 0 4 0 0 1.000 Chicago 0 0 0 2 0 1 0.833 WashU 0 0 0 2 0 1 0.833 Carnegie 0 0 0 3 1 0 0.750 Rochester 0 0 0 3 1 0 0.750 Case 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.500 Emory 0 0 0 2 2 1 0.500
Lee Russo ’13 leads the team this season with seven goals. Player Goals Lee Russo 7 Sam Ocel 3 Tyler Savonen 3 two tied with 2
Shots Lee Russo ’13 is the current team leader with twenty shots. Player Shots Lee Russo 20 Sam Ocel 17 Tyler Savonen 10 Kyle Feather 8
UPCOMING GAMES Tomorrow vs. WPI Saturday vs. Lasell Wed. Sept. 19 vs. Babson
WOMen’s Soccer UAA STANDINGS
Not including Monday’s games
UAA Conference Overall W L D W L D Pct. JUDGES 0 0 0 4 0 0 1.000 WashU 0 0 0 3 0 0 1.000 Emory 0 0 0 3 0 1 0.875 Carnegie 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.750 Case 0 0 0 2 1 1 0.625 Chicago 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.500 NYU 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.500 Rochester 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.250
Dara Spital ’15 leads the team this season with five goals. Player Goals Dara Spital 5 Holly Szafran 3 Mary Shimko 2 two tied with 1
UPCOMING GAMES: Tonight vs. Bridgewater State Saturday vs. Bowdoin Tues., Sept. 18 vs. Gordon
Shots Dara Spital ’15 led the team in shots taken with 14. Player Shots Dara Spital 14 Holly Szafran 10 Mary Shimko 7 Melissa Darling 5
VOLLEYBALL UAA STANDINGS
TEAM STATS Kills
Not including Monday’s games UAA Conference Overall W L W L Pct. WashU 0 0 0 10 0 0 1.000 Emory 0 0 0 8 0 0 1.000 Case 0 0 0 8 1 0 0.889 JUDGES 0 0 0 6 2 0 0.750 Rochester 0 0 0 6 2 0 0.750 Chicago 0 0 0 6 2 0 0.750 NYU 0 0 0 3 3 0 0.500 Carnegie 0 0 0 3 6 0 0.333
UPCOMING GAMES: Wednesday vs. Endicott Saturday vs. Emmanuel Saturday vs. Colby-Sawyer
Liz Hood ’15 leads the team in kills this year with 113. Player Kills Liz Hood 113 Si-Si Hensley 81 Becca Fischer 51 Lauren Berens 50
Digs Elsie Bernaiche ’15 leads the team in digs this year with 179. Player Digs Elsie Bernaiche 179 Si-Si Hensley 100 Susan Sun 99 Yael Einhorn 75
cross cOuntry Results from last year’s UAA Championships at UChicago
TOP FINISHERS (Men’s)
TOP FINISHERS (Women’s)
RUNNER TIME Chris Brown 26:00.5 Marc Boutin 26:20.2 Ed Colvin 26:35.2 Alex Kramer 26:40.1
RUNNER TIME Kate Warwick 23:22.8 Miriam Stulin 23:55.9 Ali Kirsch 24:08.7 Victoria Sanford 25:14.7
UPCOMING EVENTS: Sept. 22 Shriners Invitational at UMass Dartmouth Oct. 6 Open New England Championship at Franklin Park
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JUKE AND JIVE: Forward Dara Spital ’15 shows fancy footwork in the Judges’ game against Springfield College on Saturday.
Spital thrives in the limelight for Judges ■ Forward Dara Spital ’15
has thrived with the Judges after transferring from the University of Central Florida. By JACOB ELDER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
When an athlete transfers to a new school, it can take a while to adjust to a new setting — especially coming from a place where winter’s presence is minimal. A native of Florida, women’s soccer forward Dara Spital ’15 has adapted quite well. She has already notched five goals this season and figures prominently in the Judges’ future plans. Spital was a highly touted prospect in high school. She garnered many honors before college, winning the Florida Dairy Farmers Female Soccer Player of the Year title twice and the ESPN Rise High School National Player of the Week award. “I’ve been playing for 15 years,” said Spital. “That’s pretty much my whole life for club and for school.”
As a first-year, she played at the University of Central Florida. However, despite registering an assist in her first year for the Knights, she struggled with injury problems. Following a frustrating campaign, she decided that she might thrive with a change in scenery. Spital reconnected with several former Brandeis players who were teammates with her in Florida. The rest is history. “I played with some former Brandeis players in Florida, and I met the coaches, and I loved them,” she said. “Brandeis seemed like a good fit because it was “a small school with a big focus on academics.” Spital noted that her fellow players make her feel right at home. “I love every single one of my teammates,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything without their help. Our team is extremely unified.” Team unity is very important to Spital. She cited that teamwork is one of the most important aspects of a successful team. “I see my strength as just being a team player, and I don’t care who
does what as long as it gets done,” she said. “Whether I’m making the pass or making the run, I’ll do whatever it takes for our team to win.” Spital also stated that communication and a will to win are factors that fuel her motivation. “You just communicate, battle and grind it out,” she said “When you have the right people and the will to win, you’re in good shape.” She has been very satisfied with the progress that the Judges have made so far this season and is very excited for the future. “We communicate better and practice has gone better since the beginning of the season,” she said. “I really like how it’s going so far, and I’m excited for what is next.” Though Spital’s impact has clearly benefited the Judges—who are 4-0 at press time—they’re not done yet. And as the team develops its chemistry and increases understanding between players, Spital’s presence could turn Brandeis’ squad into a force that could potentially make a splash in the University Athletic Association as October and November roll around.
BOSTON RED SOX analysis Red Sox fail to shake off their demons from the 2011 season and hope for revival during 2013 The Boston Red Sox were predicted by Sports Illustrated in March to finish the 2012 Major League Baseball season with a 91-71 record and a playoff berth. Fast-forward six months. The Red Sox are 63-76 and sit 14.5 games back of the second wild card slot. What happened? This road to infamy can be traced back to Sept. 28 of last year. Boston lost the decisive final game of the year to the Baltimore Orioles, surrendering the season on an errant throw from left field by now-departed outfielder Carl Crawford. The loss concluded an astounding month for the Red Sox, who had held a double-digit lead on the Rays for the wild card. And it led to widespread changes that would completely reshape the franchise.
General Manager Theo Epstein escaped from the bedlam that soon descended upon Yawkey Way. He fled to rejuvenate a sagging Chicago Cubs franchise. Red Sox manager Terry Francona was thrown into the circus as well. He was fired from his position in November, and many baseball analysts questioned the decision. The logic was this: Francona lost control of his clubhouse. Reports soon surfaced that Francona allowed players to drink beer and eat chicken wings in the clubhouse, causing quite a controversy both among journalists and fans of the team. The Red Sox looked to bring a new, fresh face into the manager’s seat. Enter Bobby Valentine. All was then quiet until spring
training began. The fallout from a fractured clubhouse was still apparent. Players complained of overly rigorous workouts, and as the training season progressed, the more the team and Valentine continued to clash. Valentine then arguably committed his first managerial blunder on April 15, which was just nine games into the season. He questioned the devotion of Red Sox third baseman and fan favorite Kevin Youkilis. The tension between the two continued, and after an untenable situation arose, Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox on June 25. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks manned the hot corner, only strengthening the rift between Valentine and his team. The Red Sox continued to have
problems both on and off the field, struggling to gain any consistency. It seemed as if Boston could not escape the cellar. Injuries to star players such as Crawford and pitcher Josh Beckett exacerbated the situation, but overall, the Red Sox ship was sinking. Things came to a low point on Aug. 25. The Red Sox, in the largest salary dump in MLB history, shipped off Crawford, Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and utility infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In total, $261.5 million dollars in contracts were traded. In return, the Red Sox acquired first baseman James Loney and a handful of AA prospects, including pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allan Webster.
The Red Sox have struggled and have given up all hope for 2012. It is a sad sight to witness. Boston still can’t shake the demons of 2011 off its shoulders. Boston is now tied for last place in the division. Where do they go from here? The Red Sox are going to need to make wiser investments. Boston General Manager Ben Cherington could perhaps find some talent in a free agent class headlined by outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke, but for this season, all hope is lost. The mindset is no longer 2012 or bust. Boston has been transformed from a contender to a rebuilding project in just one short year. — Zachary Marlin
NOTABLE NEWCOMER Woman's soccer forward Dara Spital ’15 has tallied five goals this year and looks to head a resurgent Judges squad, p. 11.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A WONDERFUL WEEK
Squad shines at home ■ The women’s soccer team has not conceded a goal in four games this year. By HENRY LOUGHLIN JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSITANT
double the lead. MIT, however, did not go away quietly. Less than 24 hours after the Judges allowed their first goal of the season against Clark from a set piece, a dead ball undid the hosts again, as senior midfielder Ben Lewis headed a shot past Minchoff to make it 2-1. Yet the Judges increased the lead four minutes later. Back Ben Applefield ’14 made his way down the left flank. After beating a couple of defenders into the box, he laid the ball off for forward Tyler Savonen ’15, whose effort caromed off the post and into the net to make the game seemingly safe. The drama hadn’t even started. Fifty-two seconds later, MIT pulled to within one goal from yet another set piece situation. Junior forward
The women’s soccer team found itself in a precarious position in its game against Springfield College last Saturday afternoon. Despite leading 1-0, the Judges were on the defensive side of the field for the majority of the second half. The Pride—ranked 23rd nationally—threw everything at Brandeis, and it seemed that an equalizer was much more likely than an insurance goal. However, the hosts proved that goals are not based on how many scoring chances you created; it’s how well you take them. Forward Dara Spital ’15 scored her second goal of the game with 12 minutes remaining, as the Judges continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 victory over Springfield. Unlike its wins over Clark University and Roger Williams University, in which the Judges won 4-0 and 5-0, respectively Brandeis faced stifling defense and a formidable attack from the beginning of the match last Saturday. Within five minutes, the alarm bells had begun to ring. Springfield junior midfielder Vicky DiNatale hammered a rising shot towards the net, which beat Judges goalkeeper Francine Kofinas ’13. Even though the ball caromed off of the underside of the crossbar, it failed to cross the line, allowing the Judges to dodge a huge bullet. Yet, despite the initial scare, Brandeis laid siege on Springfield’s goal, as eight of the Judges
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COVEN'S CORNER: Forward Tyler Savonen ’15 races down the sideline past a Massachusetts Instittute of Technology defender during the Judges 4-3 overtime win.
Judges maintain perfect streak ■ The Judges, behind
forward Lee Russo ’13, collect three key victories. By HENRY LOUGHLIN JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Possessing a 2-0 lead midway through the second half, the men’s soccer team must have felt that it had last Sunday’s game against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all but wrapped up. The win came eventually, but not as easily as the team would have hoped. After MIT pulled within a goal to make it 2-1, Brandeis managed to notch an insurance goal, retaking a two-goal lead. However, the Engineers rallied to tie the game at 3-3,
which forced overtime. Forward Lee Russo ’13 scored his third goal of the game in extra time, a free-kick into the top corner to give the Judges the win, their third in four days, following victories against Clark University and Colby-Sawyer College. “My only comment about [the win] is that good things can happen if you play balls into dangerous areas,” said Russo after completing his hat trick. “I was very happy with the fight that we showed,” said Brandeis coach Mike Coven, whose team improved to 5-0. “However, we conceded silly goals off of set pieces, which is something that our whole eleven players need to work on.” “That said, though, I’m very happy with the effort.” The game started quite rough, with neither team able to get a hold on the
game. Goalkeeper Blake Minchoff ’13 had to claim an early MIT free kick for the Judges, while MIT’s sophomore netminder Samuel Cannon had to hold a low shot from Russo at the other end. Just one minute after his leftwinged cross almost caused an own goal, Russo opened the scoring for the Judges from the penalty area. With 16 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first half, back Matt Brondoli ’14 sent a free kick into the penalty area that did not pan out. However, the ball was adjudged to have hit the arm of an MIT defender, giving Brandeis a penalty kick. Russo stepped up and sent his effort into the bottom left corner from 12 yards to give the hosts the lead. The pressure was eased in the 62nd minute, as Russo finished a ball played by back Joe Eisenbies ’13 to
New England Patriots showcase offensive might in an imposing road win in Nashville The New England Patriots came into this season as one of the prohibitive favorites to win the Super Bowl. After Week 1, they look like a squad that no opposing team will want to face this season. The Patriots handily defeated the Tennessee Titans 34-13 on the road last Sunday behind two touchdown passes from quarterback Tom Brady, a rushing touchdown from running back Stevan Ridley and a stout defensive performance. The victory marked the ninth straight season in which the Patriots won their opening game. The Patriots have scored 27 or more points in their last eight regular season games. While the Patriots continued their offensive excellence against the Titans, the defense displayed obvious improvement from last year’s squad. Titans running back Chris John-
son, often considered one of the most explosive running backs in the league, carried the ball 11 times for four yards, the fewest rushing yards he has ran for in his career. The Patriots’ defensive line and linebackers repeatedly burst through into the backfield and prevented Johnson from finding the hole to sprint toward the end zone. The Titans rushed for 20 yards on 16 carries for the game. Though the Titans opened the game with a field goal, the Patriots controlled the tempo for the rest of the game and never trailed again. It was clear who the better team was at LP Field. Despite failing to connect on what would have been an easy touchdown to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the team’s first drive, Brady got the Patriots on the scoreboard with 1 minute, 59 seconds left in the first quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron
Hernandez. New England's lethal tight end combination struck again and looks to be successful once more in Belichick's well-established offense. Facing a relentless rush, the quarterback was forced to use quick feet and step into the pocket, and he found Hernandez a few feet behind the goal line for the team’s first touchdown of the season. In the second quarter, the Patriots’ defensive rookies showed head coach Bill Belichick why they were chosen. On the second play of the quarter, safety Tavon Wilson recorded the first interception of his career in the end zone on a ball batted by cornerback Kyle Arrington. Wilson dove and stretched his hands out to make the interception and give the Patriots offense the ball. After a punt that put the Titans deep into their territory, defensive
end Chandler Jones forced Titans quarterback Jake Locker to fumble the ball near the goal line. The ball bounced a few feet past the fiveyard line, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower picked it up, dodged a few tacklers and ran into the end zone. The Patriots' defense finally looked alive and ready to excel in a big-game situation - the undoing of the 2011 team. The Patriots then extended their lead at the two-minute warning on a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. On their first drive of the second half, the Titans drove 80 yards on four plays, including a 35-yard pass to tight end Jared Cook. .Titans quarterback Jake Locker scrambled outside the pocket and found wide receiver Nate Washington, who separated from the Patriots secondary and ran for a 29-yard score, Tennessee’s only touchdown of the game.
The Titans should be impressed with Locker's performance though - he is a rookie quarterback who has much to prove in his tenure in Nashville. After the two teams traded punts, the Patriots found the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run from Ridley. Ridley ran for 125 carries on 21 carries, and will surely look to carry the load for the Patriots in the coming weeks after this notable performance. The Patriots ran the ball to run out the clock in the fourth quarter and they kicked two field goals in the final minutes. The Titans managed a field goal of their own with 9:17 remaining to reduce the deficit but to no avail. The Patriots will look to win their first home game of the season when they face the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday at 1 p.m.
— Josh Asen
September 2012 February11, 7, 2012
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TUESDAY, september 4, 2012 ● THE JUSTICE
INSIDE ON CAMPUS
■ Chris Bedford Interview
JustArts talks art with the new director of the Rose Art Museum.
■ “The Collaborative Process” 15 A unique class gives students freedom to stage theater in unusual ways.
■ 24-Hour Musical
The Little Mermaideleh was warmly received by a packed audience on Sunday evening.
■ Fashion’s Night Out
■ Aerial Acrobatics
■ Brandeis Beats
Newbury Street in Boston celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with class and flare. Trevor Kafka '15 describes the magic of aerial acrobatics and how he came to be involved in it.
Aliza Gans '15 will bring a vibrant drum circle from Central Park to Brandeis.
■ Delta Rae Album Review
■ ‘Animal Practice’
Delta Rae’s debut album falls flat despite their prestigious invitation to perform at the recent Democratic National Convention. NBC’s new sitcom fails to impress its audience with an outdated cast of characters and an uninspired plot.
by Erica Cooperberg
I’m not going to lie—I really hope that my article next week includes a redaction of the following sentence: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are separating. Us Weekly bore the bad news this past Thursday, announcing that the comedic couple is parting ways after nine years of marriage—nearly a Hollywood eternity. Their rep told Us that the split is “very amicable,” giving the tiniest sliver of hope of reconciliation to the hordes of comedy fans mourning this news. The duo began their relationship back in 2000, before either was nearly as well-known as they are today. Poehler explained in a USA Today interview back in 2007 that the pair met through friends in New York—although she initially answered that they met via “JDate.” One can only assume that hilarity ensued throughout their courtship, leading up to their marriage on August 23, 2003. Their relationship was further solidified through their threeyear-old son, Archie, and two-year-old son, DAVID_SHANKBONE/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS Abel, whom I’m sure will woo many toddlerFUNNY LADY: Amy Poehler smiles for the camera. aged femmes with their inevitable genetic gift Michael Ian Black took his feelings to Twitter, of humor. writing, Their children are not the pair’s only col“If President Obama is so great, why did laboration. One of the cutest aspects of their Amy Poehler and Will Arnett break up today?” union, and perhaps that which has earned The sentiments of many others on Twitter are them such a loving fan base, is their appearcollected under #Loveisdead, where—and I ances on-screen together. You may initially could not make this up—people have literally have seen them together on Arrested Developbeen tweeting suggestions for their own parment, where Poehler guest-starred as Gob’s ents to get divorced in hopes of keeping the (Arnett) wife. But anyone who recognizes the famous pair together or simply declaring their name “Chazz Michaels Michaels” will surely decision to never get married. remember the couple as playing an interestAre their reactions extreme? Even though ingly intimate brother-sister ice skating team they lived in the land of Hollywood, they were in the 2007 Will Ferrell-led film Blades of Glory. down-to-earth, the kind of couple you could It’s hard to pinpoint what causes the couple imagine shopping at the grocery store together to attract such devoted fans. Their talents? and playing Catchphrase on a Saturday night. Their children’s names? Their height discrepThey provided optimism that celebrities are ancy? Regardless, it’s not an exaggeration actually capable of leading normal lives and to say that their split has sent shock waves true love can overcome fame. through Hollywood and beyond. Comedian
What’s happening in Arts on and off campus this semester
Closing Reception: Converging Exhibition
“Convergence: 10 Years of Artistic Excellent at the WSRC” is an exhibit at the Women’s Studies Research Center with work from 14 different artists who have been involved with the WSRC over the past decade. Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Epstein.
Contra Dance at the Concord Scott House
Sponsored by Contra Dancers, come check out the music of the New England Folk Festival Association at the weekly concert event. The concert is headlined by Nils Fredland and Crowfoot. Thursday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Concord Scott House, 74 Walden St., Concord, Mass. Tickets are $5 under the age of 22 and $8 otherwise.
“On Making Photographic Documentary Art”
Mary Oestereicher Hamill will lecture on the significance of photographic documentary art. The lecture will incorporate the works of artists internationally, including that of the presenter. Thursday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Epstein building.
Uke Lounge An informal gathering of Ukulele players to learn, share and have fun playing ukulele. Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center.
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FROM THE U.K. TO BOSTON: This weekend, Russell Brand will perform his stand-up comedy routine in Boston. He is known for his comedic performances in popular Hollywood movies. Ongoing weekly on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 but are free for members of Boston By Foot. Plaza at School and Washington Streets in Boston.
Boston Harbor Mystery Cruise
Boston’s largest arts and crafts outdoor market is open at Downtown Crossing. Fine art, jewelry, clothing and accessories, photography, woodworks, glassworks, metalworks and fiber arts are all available for sale. Ongoing weekly. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Street across from Macy’s in Downtown Crossing in Boston.
Mix a murder mystery with a musical comedy put it on a summer boat cruise around beautiful Boston harbor during the summer and what do you get? “Greased”! From the team that brought you the smash hit Marriage Can Be Murder comes a brand new mystery cruise. The students of Tydell High have souped up an old boat and are ready to take it out on its maiden voyage. Principal Pinch is there to ensure everything runs smoothly but when the guys from Boston Shore fight over a the new girl, Snickers, shots are fired and the hop ends in homicide. Hear the talented cast sing hilarious parodies of “Summer Loving,” “Greased Lightning” and more. Follow the mystery from the moment you arrive, till its resolution. Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Departing from Long Wharf, Boston aboard Boston Harbor Cruises. Tickets cost $64.95.
Walking Tour of Boston’s Literary Landmarks
SOKOLOW NOW! in ‘Black and White’
Dor Guez Exhibition Opening
The Rose Art Museum will open “100 Steps to the Mediterranean,” a solo exhibition of photography and video installations by Dor Guez, one of the most compelling emerging artists in the Middle East. It is his first major museum exhibition in the United States. Beginning Sept. 20 at the Rose Art Museum in the Lois Foster Gallery.
OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS Summer Street Markets
This guided walking tour strolls through the vibrant literary history of Victorian Boston. Boston was the most important literary center in the country and home to many of America’s greatest writers. On this tour you will see the homes and haunts of great Victorians as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Individually, they were writers and poets without peer. Collectively, they made Boston the epicenter of American Letters.
SOKOLOW NOW! is a performing archival dance company dedicated to providing audiences with an opportunity to experience the powerful choreography of internationally renowned choreographer Anna Sokolow. This year’s annual dance concert, titled “Black & White,” is comprised of three works created by Sokolow in the 1980s.The first work, “Everything Must Go,” is Sokolow’s commentary on American society. Sokolow used the music of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff to choreograph the second work, “Homage to Rachmaninoff.” The program closes with “From the Dia-
ries of Franz Kafka,” a major theatrical dance work. Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $18 for students. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
Russell Brand Live
Russell Brand shot to fame in the United States in 2008 when he was seen as rocker Aldous Snow in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success. Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Brand rose to fame in the U.K. in 2003 for his “Big Brother” spin-off, “Big Brother’s Big Mouth.” He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006; the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. Brand launched his second nationwide tour in 2007, Russell Brand: Only Joking; released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin’ Life. He brought his stand-up comedy tour to the United States in 2009 with his tour, Russell Brand: Scandalous. Saturday at 8 p.m. at Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets range from $39.75 to $59.75.
Art Garfunkel at the Wilbur Theatre
Blessed with what The New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released his 12th solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, in 2007 on Atlantic/Atco Records. Thursday, September 20th at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $79. 246 Tremont Street, Boston.
Bradfield gets creative with nature poetry Visiting poet Elizabeth Bradfield (ENG) has written about the Arctic regions and natural histories. JustArts spoke with Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-In-Residence Elizabeth Bradfield about her published work and her future plans. JustArts: What inspired you to become a poet? Elizabeth Bradfield: Well, originally, assignments in school, ... but really truly, I think what inspired me to become an actual poet was being in a workshop as a freshman in college, and I had an instructor who cared so much not just about expressing feeling but about how to express that feeling, and she first really revealed to me the art of revision, and when that idea of expressing feeling met the calculus of reworking a poem and getting the poem to express that feeling as well as myself, that was a magical combination that turned out to be a life-sustaining goal and quest. JA: Your first book, Interpretive Work, seems to touch on a variety of different topics, including sexuality, work, nature and the family, but the title is a bit more broad. What led you to choose that title for your book? EB: You know, honestly, I wanted to call it Natural History for those reasons. Personal natural history, the world of natural history where I work, but that same year or the year before the book came out, someone else published a book with that title, so I was like “Alright, so what am I going to do?” And I actually really like the title because I think that’s the work of a poet. Interpreting, responding. And also, it’s a second term for working as a naturalist, which is what I do. ... So that’s why the title was chosen, and I think that beyond the title, the choice to put in poetry that’s perceived as more confessional, more autobiographical, along with poetry that might be categorized more as nature poetry was something I really wanted to do. I really wanted to put those in conversation because I think too often they’re held in separate realms and they’re inextricable. JA: In your second book, Approaching Ice, you focus on your time in the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, so why did you decide to focus on those experiences for that book? EB: Yeah, and honestly, the book was written before I had been to either place. So it was written from an obsession with those places and a fascination with them, but really as an armchair traveler to a large part. Since the book has come out and since the poems are written, I have worked in both Antarctica and up in the Arctic quite extensively but the book itself was a work of the imagination in a lot of ways. I was just obsessed by it. I was just totally obsessed by the idea, especially of some of the early polar explorers and what they did in those vast spaces. I had just left a job. I had just left a year working as a deckhand on boats and I was really missing life on the water. ... I came upon this book about Sir Ernest Shackleton and read it, and it kickstarted this huge obsession with all of those guys and what they did and how they traveled there, and then as the poems started accumulating over a long period of time. JA: What kind of project are you currently working on? EB: I’m working on a book of poems about Donald B. MacMillan, who was an Arctic explorer in this era, almost. He died in the early 70s but spent his life exploring the Arctic, and he was born and raised, for a little bit of his life raised, in Provincetown Mass. on Cape Cod. I live on the Cape so I’m really interested in his life on the Cape, in the Arctic, and using an examination of his life and travels overlaid with my own life and travels up there and also at home on Cape Cod, as a way of looking at climate change, social impacts of modernization, perceptions of landscape, so we’ll see. ... I’m also writing just some loose poems that come as they come that will hopefully be a collection and also some haibun, which is a traditional Japanese form about work and travels and Antarctica. So those are three little things going on. JA: Do you have any goals for your time at Brandeis? EB: No, I’m trying not to have goals. I hope to be here, to engage, to learn, to teach, to get a lot of writing done, but right now I’m taking things in, trying to get to know the campus and the culture here and what happens, so I’m gonna kind of hold off on fixing myself any big goals for a little bit. JA: And lastly, what would you say is your favorite literary work? EB: My knee-jerk answer, ... is Beowulf. The Seamus Heaney translation, I think. It’s a weird poem. It’s so different than anything that’s being written now because there’s no inner life; it’s all action. [E]very inner feeling and every moral quality and every psychologic trait is not shown in reflection but in action. — Phil Gallagher
TUESDAY, september 11, 2012
rose art museum
Bedford discusses his role at the Rose ■ The new director of the
Rose explains professional background and interest in art. By jessie miller justice editorial assistant
Three years ago, if you googled “Brandeis Rose Art Museum,” your search would yield various news outlets reporting and commenting on the lawsuit between the Rose and several benefactors. Due to financial pressure from the economic downturn, the Board of Trustees had voted to sell off artwork in order to fund the museum and preserve its future. But, this measure was highly opposed by the supporters of the Rose, leading to a lawsuit that ultimately settled with the University. After the last director the Rose, Michael Rush’s contract was not renewed, due to his disagreement on the decision to sell artwork during the financial crisis, the search for another director began. After an extensive search, Chris Bedford was chosen. Chris Bedford, with his astounding art knowledge, is a well-credentialed candidate for the job, especially following the hard work and dedication so many people have given to the Rose. His impressive curatorial résumé and genuine concern for the future of the Rose will hopefully sustain growth and innovation of the museum. In an interview with justArts, Bedford, who arrives on campus Sept. 17, described his vision and plans for the Rose. But let’s go back to the beginning, before he was a well-known curator, before he even studied art. Born in Scotland and raised in the United
States and England, Bedford describes his childhood as very “transient.” “I would say that perhaps my experience growing up in different countries aligns nicely with the way that the art world has evolved into an international platform.” If you go into any major museum exhibition, they feature art from around the world. Art transcends geographical barriers and unites the diversity of different cultures. His interest in art began at a young age: “The seed was sown during the period of time I lived just outside of London and my mother would take me to the National Gallery. I wasn’t a student of art history at that point, but I had an unusually acute interest in painting and my mother was kind enough to indulge that,” he explains. Later on, Bedford studied art history at Oberlin College, afterwards receiving an M.A. in the same subject from Case Western Reserve University. Before coming to Brandeis, Bedford worked as the chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University. During his tenure there, Bedford curated many exhibits and counts among his professional highlights as having worked with Mark Bradford, who creates huge collages from random materials into works that comment on many political issues, and Pipilotti Rist, a visual artist who works with film and moving images. The Mark Bradford exhibition toured major cities across the country, from New York City to Dallas, and received excellent reviews from The Columbus Dispatch. Bedford has also received the 2008 Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators’ Award
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MUSEUM GURU: New director of the Rose has big plans to rejuvenate the museum. for the exhibition “Superficiality and Superexcrescence,” according to the Wexner Center for the Arts website. Bedford has also been working on an exhibition at the Wexner for three years, titled “Facture and Fidelity: Painting Between Abstraction and Figuration,” that displays the history of painting. He describes the creation process as incredibly challenging, but as the final pieces fall into place, incredibly gratifying. Bedford will surely need to carry this same level of dedication and personal investment when he curates exhibits for the Rose, something desperately needed to regain the prestige of our museum. When asked what exactly qualifies him to be the director of the Rose Art Museum, Bedford confidently responds: “I’ve developed a capacity for
exhibition-making and alliance building that’s attracted a lot of attention critically and has allowed me to develop deep relationships with foundations and fellow institutions.” He is also eager to build upon the Rose’s existing reputation as a major player in the world of contemporary art and develop more programming, as well as create a dialogue with other institutions and connect within “the circle of collaborators,” he says. Bedford did not go into specific detail about his plans for the Rose, but he did emphasize three main objectives: collection development based on the existing strong points of the museum, building up the reputation of the Rose by developing more exhibitions and integrating the collections more fully into the curriculum at Brandeis.
In the short term, Bedford is pushing the creation of a large public sculpture on campus. “I view the right kind of sculpture as a way to bring outside the art of the museum walls and make that experience more easily available and an enticement to come in,” he explains. A public sculpture is just one aspect of how Bedford hopes the Rose will become more noticeable to the student body, and he encourages the students to use the Rose as a resource, whether it is inside or out of a classroom setting. With over 8,000 pieces of various forms of art, it is hard to choose a favorite, but Bedford already has a few, though he is sure they will change over time. He is drawn to a “Drawers” a three-dimensional wall piece by Jasper Johns, a visual arts video by Anri Sala entitled “Dammi i Colori” and the Andy Warhol series “Death and Disasters.” All three pieces reflect Bedford’s own interest as well as the Rose’s strength in 1950s and 60s contemporary artwork. Having an extensive, beyond-value museum of contemporary and modern art is a prominent resource within our Brandeis community, but I believe it is something we often take for granted. It is easy to acknowledge its presence, but the Rose truly embodies so much of what Brandeis stands for. Even though Bedford has yet to fully submerge himself into our community, he already understands its significance. “Art doesn’t itself change the world around it,” he explains. “But I would say that it exerts a powerful effect on those who view it. And those people are the agents who ultimately make an impact and do change the world around them.”
Theater course offers new freedom in classroom ■ “The Collaborative
Process,” offered in the Theater Arts department, permits students to explore new modes of theater in an academic environment. By Rachel Benjamin JUSTICE contributing WRITER
Upon entering Brandeis, I quickly was made aware of one of the most popular classes in the Theater department called, “THA 132A; The Collaborative Process.” As it is an upper-level theater class, however, I never imagined that I’d actually have the opportunity to enroll in the course. Luckily, I was incorrect, and I had the privilege to take the course last semester. Having the chance to work with the incredible Prof. Adrianne Krstansky (THA), as well as an unbelievably talented group of fellow students, is an experience I will never forget. Offered every year, “The Collaborative Process” is both a credit-bearing
theater course and a unique and highly personal experience for students at Brandeis. It is rooted in students working together to produce mini-performances that require exploration of the students’ lives as well as issues in the world. The preparation time allotted to these shows varies between projects, but will typically range from a week to just a few days. They are then presented in front of the class. Some examples of the work we did last semester involved discovering and delving into our inner circus freak, illustrating our favorite artist with objects that call upon all five senses and showing a journey someone might go through, especially during college. At the beginning of the semester, the class is made aware that these projects will take a tremendous amount of dedication: emotionally, mentally and physically. There is also a mutual understanding established, that each member of each group will devote as much time as it takes to craft a worthwhile theatrical product. Each assignment has very specific guidelines which must be addressed.
All of these are utilized in order to create characters of great depth who come together to craft poignant scenes of varying lengths. Fortunately, Krstansky reassures each student that even if a project is not completely finished or perfected by the day it is due, it is the time and effort put into the work by each member of the group which matters the most. Her guidance and gentle encouragement are also a core reason why “The Collaborative Process” is such a unique and special course at Brandeis. This class is very different from many others at Brandeis because not only is it truly about using your imagination, but it is also about working with other students to make very special pieces of art. Although Krstansky teaches the class, she predominately acts as an observer who will provide insight on the way the class should progress only when necessary. Otherwise, she puts a lot of faith in her students to solve problems which arise in the course on their own. Having that kind of trust put into your hands is a nerve-wracking, yet exhilarating, experience which can’t be found in many other courses at Brandeis.
My own personal experiences in the course were extremely positive because we were given so much freedom within each piece. We were able to interpret the guidelines for each assignment however we wanted, even if that meant directing towards our own interests. For example, one project asked us to set our piece in a “classic movie,” however, each group could decide what a “classic movie” meant to them. (My group chose Mary Poppins for ours!) We also were not restricted in the spaces in which we performed pieces, as each project allowed for us to scout out buildings on campus for an ideal location. In fact, the last project of the semester, technically the “final” for the course, led my group all the way to the pool in the Joseph M. Linsey Sports Center. As we had conceived a piece with a Greek mythology undertone, we felt that the pool best captured the essence of an “underworld.” With the permission of the Athletics department, my fellow group members and I brought our class all the way to the pool, where I and several other girls proceeded to jump into the water,
fully clothed in long, flowing dresses. The pool was a more realistic environment for the project to take place in then we could have ever found within a classroom or on a stage. Having the liberty to make that choice is a unique privilege of this class. Even though this course does require the consent of the professor to enroll, anyone, regardless of their major or minor, can attempt to take the class. The course is also evolving with time. This semester, the class is composed of both graduate and undergraduate students. This change gives the class the potential to form a new and thrilling dynamic, as the students will have a wider variety of theatrical and personal experiences. They can bring these new experiences to their projects, thus allowing for new interpretations of the projects than those from years past. This is a course where every individual must give even more than 100 percent to make the experience worthwhile. If you are prepared to invest a lot of yourself, this will be a class that resonates with you, long after it ends.
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TUESDAY, september 11, 2012
24-HOUR MUSICAL ROBYN SPECTOR/the Justice
COMPETING FOR LOVE: Prince Eric’s admirers sing to him, hoping for marriage.
‘Little Mermaideleh’ swims to success ■ The 24-hour musical was
enthusiastically received by a full audience on Sunday. By Phil gallagher and anjulika sahgal JUSTICE editorial assistant and justice contributing writer
The highly anticipated 24 hour musical, produced jointly by the Hillel Theater Group and Tympanium Euphorium, staged The Little Mermaideleh on Monday night to a full house in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. The show, which lasted over two hours, was attended by alumni, senior members of the University administration and hundreds of students. This year, over 60 students were casted and over 40 students assisted through their work in the technical crew. The show was received enthusiastically by audience members, who cheered for their peers in each scene and promptly offered a standing ovation at the show’s conclusion. Similar to other years, the show was in high demand by the student body. Ticket lines lengthened very quickly and a live video stream was setup in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to accommodate the large overflow crowd. The Little Mermaideleh, directed by Viktoria Lange ’13, Ell Getz ’13 and Yoni Bronstein ’13, contained the plot of the well-known Disney movie The Little Mermaid but with a small Jewish twist to it. Ariel (Caley Chase ’16), a mermaid who lives under the sea, falls in love with the human Prince Eric (David Getz ’15). However, as a mermaid, she cannot live with a human on land.
This view is supported by her strict father Triton (Zane Relethford ’13), as well as her friends Sebastian (Jason Dick ’14), a comical crab with a Jamaican accent, Flounder (Kate Davis ’14), a fish that always seems worried and Scuttle (Levi Squier ’14), an absentminded but well-intentioned seagull. The evil sea witch Ursula (Eliza Dumais ’14) offers to give Ariel human legs in exchange for her voice so that she has a chance to live with Prince Eric. However, Ariel must be kissed by a human or else she must relinquish her soul to Ursula. Despite Ursula’s attempts to keep Ariel’s soul and pose as a human to wed Eric herself, Ariel destroys Ursula’s magic and, in the end, receives her father’s blessings to marry Eric. The play concludes with the wedding of Eric and Ariel with the whole ensemble present. Throughout the show, the cast included lines with references to Jewish culture, such as referring to Flounder as “gefilte fish” and Eric asking Ariel if her name was “Rachel,” “Rebecca” or “Leah,” a reference to women of the Bible. Dumais, as the ominous, seductive and sassy Ursula, stole the show, along with her well-dressed and possessed followers. Dumais projected her voice so powerfully and naturally that she not only entranced her “biddies” but her audience too. Her sass dominated the stage through poisonous vibes, which contaminated everybody with a jaw-dropping silence. The innocence of the show was conveyed by Ariel. Chase had a singing voice that sounded uncannily like Ariel from the Disney movie, capturing the admiration of the audience in each number. Dick,
starring as Sebastian, naturally adopted his character’s outspoken, comical nature and trademark Jamaican accent. His main musical number, “Under the Sea,” proved to be the audience’s favorite. It involved both Dick’s strong acting skills and creative dancing from the ensemble. Max, the outrageous Pikachu-dressed dog with mop hair, (Jake Altholz ’15), stood out as he playfully interrupted intimate moments between Ariel and Eric, sometimes revealing an even funnier chemistry between Eric and Max himself. Other notable performances included the jovial knife-wielding Chef Louis, (Sarah Pace ’13), and Carlotta, (Eliana Light ’13), who addressed people with an impressive sing-song voice. Joey Rosen ’14 also comically officiated the wedding between Ariel and Prince Eric, taking over for his brother Herbie Rosen ’12, who frequently played the wedding officiant in student theater productions before he graduated. The 24-hour musical, however, would not be complete without slipups and mishaps. Accidents such as David Getz’s tongue slip of the word “whore” left the audience hysterical. The usual uncoordinated lighting and technological mishaps were greeted with laughter from the audience and cast alike. The audience engaged with the participants very comfortably, which helped sustain the momentum of the play. “I thought that it was very fun and very funny,” said Laili Amighi ’14, who watched the show inside the theater. “In comparison with past 24-hours musicals, this one was very engaging with the audience.”
TALI SMOOKLER/the Justice
DINNER TIME: Sarah Pace ‘13 as Chef Louis sings of “le poisson” to Caley Chase ’16 and David Getz ’15.
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ON THE LOOKOUT: Levi Squier ’14 plays Scuttle, a dim but well-meaning seagull.
ROBYN SPECTOR/the Justice
A COLORFUL CAST: The ensemble, with creative costumes, sang the final number.
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PART OF THAT WORLD: Caley Chase ’16 gives an enchanting performance as Ariel.
TUESDAY, September 11, 2012
ARTS IN BOSTON
Fashion’s Night Out dazzles Boston ■ Fashion’s Night Out on
Newbury Street in Boston features a look into what is hot this season, from high heels to fancy cupcakes. By Haemee kang JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
Last Thursday, Newbury Street hosted Fashion’s Night Out in Boston for the second year in a row–and with a friend by my side, I set out to experience this night dedicated to fashion in Boston for my first time. Originally started in 2009 in New York City, Fashion’s Night Out (also known as FNO) is an outdoor party marking the kickoff to Fashion Week– a biannual, week-long event during which both established and emerging fashion designers showcase their latest collections for the upcoming season. During FNO, stores keep their doors open for longer hours, often hiring DJ’s to spin party music or offering special promotions on merchandise to shoppers. The energy of the evening was something not often experienced on the streets of Boston. Newbury Street was closed to traffic as style-conscious Bostonians and tourists strolled the streets, stopping in at participating retailers to indulge in free food and drinks and partake in some after-hours shopping. Outside, people were able to enjoy live musicians, such as the Harry Fix Jazz Trio outside of Brooks Brothers and the Tokyo Tramps (also jazz) outside of Itadaki Boston. In the middle of Newbury Street outside of the fashion boutique, Intermix, a live concert entertained a deep crowd spanning the entire width of the street that sang along as the singers covered popular tracks by well-known artists like P!nk. A recent addition to the neighborhood,
Georgetown Cupcakes handed out free cupcakes, including a special Fashion’s Night Out edition of their signature flavor, the red velvet cupcake–which was absolutely delicious. Perhaps the highlight of my night occurred at Marc Jacobs while I waited with my friend for the photobooth. As the recently viral Korean pop number by PSY “Gangnam Style” sounded through the speakers, two Marc Jacobs employees started to dance the famous moves, from the lasso-like circular hand gestures to the leg movements that imitate riding an “invisible horse.” While waiting, I also noticed a young woman’s outfit– or rather, I noticed her shoes first. On her feet were the oh-so-pretty black Jeffrey Campbell “Spike” Litas. Her white chiffon tank had a skull pattern reminiscent of that of the late Alexander McQueen’s, often seen on silk scarves. Her leather shorts completed the outfit and the arm parties she sported on both wrists were the “icing” to the cake. However, FNO is not just about consuming free booze and macarons, or waiting in long lines for free samples of amazing products. As a celebration of fashion, FNO is a rich opportunity to observe local street style and in turn, collect sources of inspiration to continue to challenge and evolve your own style. Street style this night ranged from urban and edgy to casual yet chic. One woman in particular wowed me with her attention to detail. She accessorized her simple black dress with an orange and lime-green beaded necklace, a cognac-colored waist belt strategically placed with the buckle at the back, patent-leather Mary Janes with chunky heels and a Louis Vuitton Speedy. Her cropped black hair highlighted her face beautifully, and allowed her gold starfish studs to shine through. Fabulous and a tad unconventional.
PHOTOS BY HAEMEE KANG/the Justice
FASHIONABLE FOOD: Treats from Georgetown Cupcakes were available during Fashion’s Night Out on Newbury Street.
STUNNING STUDS: Black studded heels are the latest style trend.
FASHION FORWARD: Accesorize with style.
Student expresses art with aerial acrobatics ■ Kafka ’15 explains his
passion for aerial acrobatics, an art form that applies circus skill to the theater. By trevor kafka JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
As a kid, I always feared heights, my interest in sports and other athletic activities was negligible, my desire for personal fitness was far from practical and my ability to keep composure in front of a large group was lacking. That is, until I stumbled upon aerial circus arts, which, as cheesy as it sounds, truly did change my life. When I was 12, my parents showed me a DVD of Cirque du Soleil’s production Dralion. I always had been familiar with traditional circuses as a kid. Sure, they were cool, but I never really thought too much more of them. Cirque’s production, however, left me completely captivated. Not only did it portray an incredible degree of skill level, but the production itself managed to use circus skill as a basis for a cohesive theatrical production. The deep and emotional music, the pedantically detailed costumes and the distinct “Cirque style” all struck me as bearing an unanticipated level of intention. My next exposure to Cirque du Soleil was through the live production of Alegría, which absolutely blew me away. Everything I loved about Dralion was there on stage, remastered and remodeled to fit a new story, new characters and a whole
PHOTO COURTESY OF Trevor Kafka
FLYING HIGH: Trevor Kafka ‘15 holds a complicated position in aerial acrobatics. new set of artistic skills. Aerial acts-which feature one or more performers creating artistic poses or dynamic movements on some sort of apparatus (such as a trapeze, hoop or rope) suspended from the ceilingin these shows were particularly captivating for me for both their skill level and artistic grandeur. What particularly attracted me to practice aerial arts was that they
offered a personal challenge. In a somewhat counterintuitive manner, my fear of heights, lack of pristine athleticism and debilitating stage fright were what motivated me to pursue aerial arts even further. Not only that, but through practice, I found it to be incredibly fun. In the end when all is said and done, no matter how many layers of technique, artistry and theater you
introduce into your routine, every aerial performer is really, at heart, just a child on a playground. Through my six years of serious aerial training, what I can tell you is this: aerial work is painful, exhausting, disorienting, strenuous, physically taxing and, in all seriousness, a downright insane activity for a human body to be doing. Nonetheless, I have never found any other activity that has granted me a greater sense of mental and physical strength. This is most simply why aerial arts have changed my life, and I leave with no sense of doubt in that statement. I leave now with a better sense of self, higher confidence and something to be truly passionate about. For these reasons, I hold great thanks to this art that somewhat haphazardly entered my life, and it is my hope that the students whom I teach will find similar changes in their inner selves as well. Practitioners of aerial acrobatics really do span a wide set of demographics. I have seen and worked with both plenty of men and women of all sorts of body types, spanning ages from kids in their pre-teens as well as those who are middle-aged. There are many I know who pursue or intend to pursue aerial professionally, as well as plenty of others who do so recreationally. The discipline bears such an eclectic mix of offerings that enables each practitioner to have their own personal reasons to be involved. In a performance context, the most apparent reason for being involved would be that the activity serves as an incredibly diverse
creative outlet. Similar to dance, it enables one to express him or herself physically through movement, which can bear any degree of abstraction or emotional intensity. In terms of recreational practice, the activity serves both as a great personal activity as well as a social activity. As I have found, it not only offers personal challenge and a great workout regime, but it also allows groups of people to collaborate, share, and build upon each other’s ideas, technique, and invented movements. A lot of the time, the somewhat silly nature of the activity sparks laughter and enjoyment. For instance, this could be just by means of being upside down or spinning, stumbling upon a particularly aesthetic or awkward pose, finding oneself lost in an apparatus or being unexpectedly struck by a skill’s disorientating nature. To share a process that is both creative as well as challenging often brings together people of even the most vastly varying of backgrounds. I never really was the biggest fan of the term “run away and join the circus.” Some people have jokingly attached that term to me at some time or another, though I never saw it fitting. I think the underlying theme in my decisions I have made so far surrounding aerial arts is how I have been able to integrate my circus practice, performance and teaching into the life of a college student. That is definitely what I judge at this point to be my most proud accomplishment thus far, and I am excited to see where this path leads.
TUESDAY, September 11, 2012
Drum circle inspires student initiative ■ After experiencing a
memorable drum circle in NYC, Gans calls for a similar institution to be created on campus in conjunction with the Waltham community. By Aliza Gans JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
I did it with 25 other people in the middle of Central Park. Maybe 30-something? There was just so much banging, I couldn’t tell. The stranger next to me had his eyes closed and was swaying back and forth, praying almost. In the height of it, I could feel the pulse, our collective rhythm, swelling like bees that couldn’t be contained in their hive. I was letting go and simultaneously embracing a new way of connecting with others. Almost intuitively, our volume gradually fell to a soft ripple. When I finally put my drum down, I felt euphoric. This was the first drum circle I had ever experienced; yet it felt so instinctive. I looked at the group of people surrounding me: a frail old woman holding a pair of maracas, a young couple sitting down sharing a djembe, a toddler playing a cowbell. In New York, finding friendli-
ness among strangers is like finding a fork in the dining hall during the dinner rush. Only music could have brought this diverse group of people together. I don’t know why, but I wanted to hug some of these strangers, or at least talk to them. I did strike up a conversation with one young Lebanese woman from Queens, who wore her hair in tight black ringlets alongside olive skin and bright red lipstick. Like me, this was her first drum circle, and she happened upon it while walking through the park. “I’m not a dirty hippie,” she said to me, “but I just saw this group of people, and I wanted to dance with them. I wanted to make music with them. I’ve never picked up a drum before!” On the train back home to New Haven, Conn., I realized the music of the drum circle was secondary. What really struck me wasn’t the complex sound of djembes, claves, cowbells, tambourines, rattles and gongs, but it was the people that came together on an ordinary Sunday afternoon to form a community. Even though I was only immersed in the drum circle for less than an hour, I was moved by music’s power to shatter boundaries and unite a mixed group of people. I knew this powerful form of music expression was something that could bring people together at college. On another ordinary Sunday
afternoon, seven years later, at Brandeis, I took a BranVan to Hannaford supermarket to pick up some groceries (Greek yogurt, avocadoes, Band-Aids, Solo cups, cheese balls). Until I dared to venture off campus, I hardly noticed that my entire social life here consists of a very narrow group of 18-to 22-year-olds. Weaving my way through the aisles, I smiled at an elderly man riding in a motorized shopping cart in the dairy aisle; I watched a young Indian couple laughing as they picked out tomatoes; I overheard a mother arguing with her son, in Spanish, about which cereal to buy. How strange it is, I thought, to feel so alienated from the diversity of our surrounding town. I imagined the people I saw in the aisles of Hannaford beating, shaking and tapping out rhythms in a drum circle. I can barely read a drum chart, and I’ve never had formal percussion lessons as a kid. I’m not a Music major; I’m an Anthropology major. In class, we study ways of confronting and understanding “the other,” or “making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.” In a lecture last week, my professor, Sarah Lamb (ANTH), criticized “armchair anthropologists,” who smoke their pipes, lounge in leather-cushioned chairs and write about civilizations without ever actually encountering them.
My cramped seat in the Olin-Sang American Civilization Center hardly resembles an armchair, but taking notes on all different cultures in a lecture hall felt slightly like the type of anthropology my professor simultaneously criticized. We respect and trust what our professors teach us because they have accomplished so much outside of Brandeis working in their own fields. Many students take semesters abroad to glean some real world application of what they study in the classroom. But I don’t want to, and Brandeis students don’t need to, wait for Junior year to plunge into a new cultural experience. Rhythm can inspire the fusion of cultures on our own campus. A public drum circle offered to everyone in town can be the musical platform on which we can come together and interact with Waltham’s unique community. This summer, I applied for a grant from the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel Repair Campus Ambassadors to start a new service project called Brandeis Beats. Brandeis Beats will bridge the gap between Waltham residents and Brandeis students through drum circles, workshops, education, popping the “Brandeis bubble” and encountering the unexpected unlike the “armchair anthropologists” I learned about in class.
The BYFI Repair Campus Ambassadorship is a new leadership program supported by the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel (BYFI) and Repair the World Foundation. Over the course of ten months, several other ambassadors and I will work together to craft mission statements for our respective service projects, learn about project budgeting and study texts exploring the real roots of social justice in Judaism. After our first seminar last month, I left feeling inspired and motivated to share my project with the University and surrounding community. Picture the Great Lawn, enveloped by students, faculty, men, women and families with their children. An inner circle of drummers will be tapping out a basic rhythm on various percussion instruments, some provided by our drum circle and some of their own. On the outside of the circle, we will be dancing, clapping or meeting new faces. The rhythm will intensify, someone will be break dancing in the center of the circle. I will hear the woodsy, watery notes of a marimba; the crash of a cymbal; the chatter of castanets. Together we are celebrating, no special occasion besides this occasion itself, and even though we are in the heart of Waltham, our rhythm belongs to the entire world.
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TUESDAY, september 11, 2012
Delta Rae’s new political songs fall short ■ Delta Rae’s debut album
fails to impress despite invitation to perform at DNC. By joy Feagan JUSTICE Contributing writer
Over the summer, the North Carolina rock/country/bluegrass/folk/ pop band Delta Rae released its debut album, Carry the Fire, and managed to line up a performance at the Democratic National Convention. The band made a fairly big political move in May, with the release of its song, “Chain on Love.” The song was written by singer Ian Hölljes as a condemnation of California voters for passing Proposition 8, disallowing gay marriage in the state. The band filmed a live performance of the song and released it a few days before North Carolina voted on Amendment 1, which was to confirm that only heterosexual marriages would be considered valid and recognized in the
state. The band and its song were not enough to stop the bill from passing, but it did give the band something fans could cling to: politics. In addition to speakers, the Democratic National Convention booked many well-known musical acts including Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, and James Taylor, all of whom performed on Sept. 6. Also scheduled to play was Delta Rae, but poor weather canceled its performance. This was a huge missed opportunity for the band, but the question still stands: how did Delta Rae fall into this starstudded lineup? The band’s North Carolina origins make them potentially appealing to an audience from Charlotte, where the DNC was held. “But Joy, that’s what James Taylor was there for!” Okay, fine. It is likely that the band was booked due to “Chain on Love” and its message for marriage equality; Delta Rae’s inclusion among those scheduled to perform at the DNC could have been a message from Democrats to voters that gay rights
are on the party’s agenda, as it was certainly not due to its music. Carry the Fire is simply not a good album. So far the album has produced two singles, “Morning Comes” and “Bottom of the River,” neither of which has received much of a response. The band is signed to the major label Sire Records, along with Never Shout Never and The Veronicas, and despite some clear attempts to sound raw and unedited (“Bottom of the River” has the song’s lead vocalist Brittany Hölljes literally screaming her “vocals” in what is meant to sound like one intense take), the band cannot escape from the fact that it is an unoriginal, perfectly polished product. “Country House,” a song about love, with a certain country-rock tinge to it, could have been a Taylor Swift single. The six-piece group includes four singers (two of whom play guitar), an upright bassist and a drummer who sometimes plays the chains and trash cans. With all of this going on,Carry the Fire, in addition to being unoriginal, is simply far too ambitious.
Songs that at the core are quite simple are congested with horns, piano, trash-can drums and four voices that are each strong and loud enough to survive on their own. The four singers, who include siblings Eric, Ian and Brittany Hölljes, and friend Elizabeth Hopkins, wrote the album in a house they shared in the North Carolina woods. It was this scenery that inspired much of the album’s lyrics, telling tales of North Carolina pride and deep-southern living. It sounds like a Bon Iver fairy tale, yet it is hard to find any common sound or theme in Carry the Fire. Most songs do resemble a Taylor Swift-esque pop/rock/country song, but “Fire” has the band touching on a Thursday post-hardcore sound while remaining radio friendly (resulting in a jumbled mess), “Forgive the Children” is an attempt at an uplifting piano ballad that one may expect from a Christian rock band and “Surrounded” sounds like your parent’s favorite adult contemporary radio hit, potentially a bad song by
The Fray. The band is young enough, having officially formed in 2009 at Duke University where brothers Ian and Eric were students, that it is not surprising that the members have yet to figure out their sound. It takes most good bands years of writing and performing before establishing an original, cohesive sound. The haste with which the band produced its messy debut album, however, leaves little hope for time for actual productive song-writing. The members of the band, especially the Hölljes siblings, are clearly talented. They are simply trying too hard to sound like literally every musical artist they have ever heard and liked. It is one thing to copy one artist’s sound, but Delta Rae is currently caught up in copying that of many. Musically, Delta Rae is not worth much attention, yet due to their politics and their invitation to perform at something as huge as the DNC this early on in their career, we can expect to hear more from them soon.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF OURSTAGE
MUSICAL QUARTET: Delta Rae, a band from North Carolina, was formed by siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins. They have written music in support of gay marriage in California and North Carolina.
‘Animal Practice’ flops as a predictable sitcom ■ NBC’s new sitcom about the
life of a veterinarian is filled with unimpressive plots. By Aliza vigderman JUSTICE Contributing WRITER
Picture a monkey wearing a lab coat. Are you laughing yet? If not, then you probably won’t appreciate NBC’s newest sitcom, Animal Practice, which has been described as “the most hated show on television” after its sneak preview on August 12. Nothing drives me crazier than the use of run-of-the-mill, overused conventions in new sitcoms, especially when these conventions sometimes flourish (see: Two and a Half Men). NBC has a bad habit of doing this, which has resulted in a slew of canceled shows, like Awake, Are You There, Chelsea? and Best Friends Forever. And now here’s another to fill your Wednesday night. The show operates on the age-old formula of sitcoms. The premise: the escapades of a misanthropic veterinarian. Naturally, there is an obvious love story, an urban setting and, of course, impossibly quirky supporting characters. These characters don’t actually add anything to the plot and are a last-minute attempt to breathe comedy into the show. Cue the submissive Asian man with the pencil mustache and lopsided bowtie (MADtv’s Bobby Lee). Also cue the authoritative AfricanAmerican woman, the fallguy (i.e. The Office’s Toby Flenderson, Parks and Recreation’s Jerry Gergich) and
the masculine woman with a criminal record. Throw in a monkey and you’ve got NBC’s Next Canceled Sitcom. The show centers around Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk), the head veterinarian at an elite animal hospital in (where else?) New York City. “My system may not be perfect, but I help a lot of animals and I meet a lot of girls,” Coleman boasts at the beginning of the episode. Coleman is understandably angry when his exgirlfriend Dorothy Crane (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) shows up, with the news that she inherited, and now runs, the hospital where he works. Crane and Coleman form an incredibly likely duo as they predictably butt heads, finally coming together to save a dog’s life by stealing him from his owner and performing surgery on him. But wait! Is there hope for their relationship, asks ... no one? Only time will tell (read: without a doubt). Like Scrubs, the humor in Animal Practice is screwball and goofy. Unlike Scrubs, however, much of the humor in Animal Practice is incredibly predictable and often downright corny (i.e. “I’m not going to sit around and watch my grandmother’s legacy get turned into a zoo” as a monkey drives by on a toy ambulance). The show’s quirkiness feels forced and over-the-top, making the cardboard characters fall flat. Even with the suspension of reality necessary for watching any sitcom, the plot is only funny in that it’s laughably stupid, and not in an endearing way. Kirk, a critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated stage actor, is
completely wasted in this role, surrounded by what I assume are Community rejects. Garcia, on the other hand, fits perfectly on the show, since her amateur acting matches the show’s dim-witted attempts at comedy. Even the resident monkey’s talents are wasted (credits include Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum II and The Hangover Part II). Seriously, the monkey (played by Crystal the Monkey) is the best part of this show. The only award NBC will win for this one is for being remarkably inappropriate during one of the most widely-watched televised events that the network hosts. Following Gabby Douglas’s gold medal-winning gymnastics performance, NBC aired a commercial for Animal Practice, featuring Crystal the Monkey on Olympic rings. Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals during the 2012 Olympics, was also the first AfricanAmerican to win Olympic gold, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. Twitter exploded with postings accusing the network of racism for airing a monkey doing gymnastics right after Douglas’ performance, where it was announced that she had won All-Around Gymnast. “This spot promoting ‘Animal Practice,’ which has run three times previously, is one in a series with an Olympic theme which have been scheduled for maximum exposure. Certainly no offense was intended,” apologized NBC. Animal Practice officially premieres on Sept. 26 and will air Wednesdays, at 8 p.m., although in my opinion, excuse the pun, this show will soon be “put to sleep.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF Kristin Dos Santos/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
LEADING MAN: Actor Justin Kirk disappoints in his role as Dr. George Coleman.
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What do you think of the 24hour musical?
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WINTER WONDERLAND: Bri Mussman '16 took this detailed photograph of a crushed glass snowflake ornament after decorating her family’s Christmas tree at her home in New Jersey.
Lily Glickstein '13 “I couldn’t do it, so it’s super impressive they did a great job.”
Annie Cui '15 “It’s probably the most impressive production in 24 hours.”
Allen Ganjei '15 “I think it’s a great way for people ... to get a quick theatrical experience.”
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60. Airport queue vehicle 61. Above, in verse
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STAFF PLAYLIST Solution to last week’s crossword
“Road Trip” By JANE ZITOMER
Justice CONTRIBUTING WRTIER
INSTRUCTIONS: Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.
Justin Chu '16
“It’s a very fun thing. It’s a good way to break the ice.” —Compiled by Jane Zitomer Photos by Josh Horowitz/ the Justice
Nonfiction 1. Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream — Dinesh D’Souza 2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resiliance, and Redemption — Laura Hillenbrand 3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail — Cheryl Strayed 4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever — Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 5. Paterno— Joe Posnanski 1. Taylor Swift — “Ronan” 2. Taylor Swift — “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 3. Maroon 5 — “One More Night” 4. fun. — “Some Nights” 5. Flo Rida — “Whistle” 6. Alex Clare — “Too Close” 7. Alicia Keys — “Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)” [feat. Nicki Minaj] 8. Justin Beiber — “As Long As You Love Me”[feat. Big Sean] 9. Phillip Phillips—“Home” 10. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen — “Good Time”
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Fiction 1. Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn 2. The Beautiful Mystery — Louise Penny 3. Last To Die — Tess Gerritsen 4. Bones Are Forever — Kathy Reichs 5. The Light Between Oceans — M.L. Stedman
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In my opinion, almost nothing’s better than a long car ride with good company. Road trips require different types of music on hand so that there’s something for everyone. THE LIST 1. “Lazy Days”— Shwayze 2. “One Week”— Barenaked Ladies 3. “Make out Bandit”— Mac Lethal 4. “Kick, Push”— Lupe Fiasco 5. “No Stopping Us”— Jason Mraz 6. “How Far is Heaven”— Los Lonely Boys 7. “The A Team”— Ed Sheeran 8. “Wonderwall”— Oasis 9. “Don’t Forget”— Atmosphere 10. “We Don’t Care”— Kanye West