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Union evaluating current treasurer
Average full professor salaries at select institutions The 2013 American Association of University Professors Faculty Salary Survey contains large amounts of data and compares schools nationwide.
BRANDEIS - $131,400
■ The hearing to impeach
CARNEGIE MELLON - $146,500 COLUMBIA - $212,300 HARVARD - $203,000 BOSTON U. - $157,000 EMORY - $160,100 BOSTON COLLEGE - $159,200 100K
Treasurer Sunny Aidasani ’14 was canceled the same day it was scheduled. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
This past week, the Student Union considered the possibility of impeaching current Treasurer Sunny Aidasani ’14 based on an alleged failure to communicate with other members of the Union and complete basic aspects of his position. Ultimately, the Union decided to delay action until the situation can be further evaluated. Executive Senator Annie Chen ’14 sent an email to the current senators on Friday explaining the situation and calling for an emergency meeting that was set to take place on Sunday. “I am emailing regarding … the
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Faculty salary ranked 14th-highest in state ■ Provost Steve Goldstein
’78 suggested caveats about the premises of the study in an interview. By sam mintz JUSTICE editor
Brandeis has the 14th highest paid faculty in Massachusetts, according to statistics released by the Chronicle of Higher Education, which were summarized in an Aug. 29 Boston Globe article. On average, full professors at Brandeis make $131,400 per year, while associate professors make $93,400. Assistant professors make an average of $83,400 and instructors make $59,000 per year. Provost Steve Goldstein ’78, in an email to the Justice, gave several reasons why he believes that these statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. “First, it does not make comparisons by field—you can readily appreciate how this matters by considering the impact on av-
erage salary when universities have medical schools and law schools—the composite reflects neither the surgeon nor the poet well,” he said. Second, he said that Brandeis does not compare itself to other Massachusetts colleges, but rather to members of the Association of American Universities. Finally, he wrote that “pay rankings for full professors … are not a good reflection of the direction that Brandeis is trying to go, that is, to ensure that our faculty salaries are competitive with our AAU peers at all faculty ranks, not just at the full professor level.” The 2013 American Association of University Professors Faculty Salary Survey also found that while there are 105 male full professors at Brandeis to only 48 women, the average salary of female full professors is $133,000 per year while for the men average is only $130,700. Goldstein said that the disparity in the number of male and female full professors is easy to explain. “Many of our full professors have
question of whether there is sufficient grounds and necessary need for the impeachment of our current Treasurer, Sunny Aidasani,” Chen wrote in the email. Aidasani and other executive board members were to give their own accounts of the situation prior to making any decisions. “Impeachment is a weighty action, and as such, I urge you to thoroughly evaluate whether it is imperative as you consider your vote,” Chen wrote. Although Chen explained in an interview with the Justice that she was not directly involved or aware of the issue based upon her experiences with Aidasani, she was approached by other members of the Executive Board who asked to go forward with impeachment proceedings. “To be honest, I don’t know that much about it. I was actually going to hear a lot about it at the meeting too and that’s where I would have decided whether
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University introduces shuttle service changes
been here for many years and were educated and started their careers at a time when there were fewer women entering academia. Because Brandeis is relatively small, the percentages tend to change slowly—we want to stay small and so our ratio of female -to-male professors is not going to be changed through growth, as it as at some other institutions,” he said. “What I can tell you is that over the past five years, the overall percentage of female faculty at Brandeis has steadily risen and that at the assistant and associate levels we are approaching parity,” he added. The study also included data about average salaries over time, which showed that since 2000, the salaries of full professors have risen slightly more than those of associate and assistant professors. In 2000, the average full professor made $80,200 a year, associate professors made an average of $57,900 per year and assistant pro-
■ Joseph’s Transportation
is the new shuttle service provider, taking over for Crystal Transport. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Escort services is introducing a free shuttle that travels to and from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line’s Riverside station in Newton, Mass., in addition to extended hours for the Boston and Cambridge shuttle. The University also changed shuttle service providers this year from Crystal Transport to Joseph’s Transportation. The Riverside shuttle will be running from Sept. 11 to Dec. 5 and Jan. 29 to May 1, and will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m., according to the Department of Public Safety’s website. The bus will run every 20 minutes. The Boston and Cambridge shuttle will now depart from campus at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 a.m. and
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10:30 a.m. on Sundays, in addition to its original departure times. Additional hours for the Boston and Cambridge shuttle will be funded by the Student Union on a trial basis, according to an Aug. 28 email from Rupert Thomas Jr. ’14, head coordinator of operations at escort services, to the Brandeis community. This schedule will be effective from Sept. 13 to Dec. 8 and Jan. 31 to May 4. The email also stated that the University’s shuttle service provider this year is Joseph’s Transportation. According to Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan in an email to the Justice, the switch from Crystal Shuttle was made after the “bus contract went out for bid since it was a substantial contract.” Callahan said that he believes Joseph’s Transportation will additionally allow for cost savings for the UniversityInitiatives to provide shuttle services to the Riverside station in the past had proved unsuccessful. Student Union efforts to gauge
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Sibs documenting sibs
Sodexo moves in
How one sophomore turned her summer into a journey.
The women’s soccer team recorded impressive victories against MIT and Clark.
The dining service provider has started making changes to locations across campus.
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Rosen seeks to fill cabinet positions
Student Union President Ricky Rosen ’14 officially confirmed his cabinet roster in an August email to the Justice, although he is still currently searching to fill vacant positions. Andrew Chang ’16, who was originally appointed as Rosen’s chief of staff according to a May email to the Justice, transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, leaving a vacancy in the position that Rosen was still looking to fill as of Aug. 30. In addition, Rosen is looking to re-appoint a new co-director of communications, as well as a Deis Day Coordinator. On Aug. 30, Rosen sent out an email to the Brandeis community encouraging students to apply for the vacant positions. Currently, the following people round out the list of positions appointed by Rosen: Anthony Ngugyen ’14 as executive director, Jonathan Jacob ’16 as codirector of communications, Bethlehem Solomon ’14 as co-director of academic affairs, Shukai Zhang ’15 as co-director of academic affairs and Undergrate Curriculum Committee representative, Owen Voelker ’14 as director of Office of Student Rights and Responsibility and Community Outreach and Andre Bourne ’14 as appointed Finance Board member. In addition to the list of confirmed cabinet members, the interim F-Board Chair is Mohamed Ali ’14. In the Aug. 30 email, Jacob also announced the launch of a Student Union Video Committee. “This year, the Union has a very ambitious agenda. It has especially placed communications as one of its top priorities,” Jacob wrote in the email. “My role as a Director of Communications is not only to improve, but also to rethink the way the Student Union communicates with the student body.” As a part of this initiative, Jacob wrote that he plans to revamp the Student Union Launch Pad Show, which will now be “a series of bi-weekly programs that will feature multiple entertaining yet informative video segments” on the Student Union’s YouTube channel, he wrote in the email. Jacob’s proposal includes segments that would inform the student body on recent initiatives from both Executive Board members and the Senate, although, according to Jacob in the email, it is in its initial planning stages. Rosen wrote that this program will be an opportunity for “Union representatives [to] recap the Union meetings, discuss initiatives, respond to students’ tweets and bring administrators onto the show.” In addition to the search for students to fill vacant cabinet positions, voting to fill the vacant elected positions of Senator at Large, Class of 2016 Senator, Class of 2017 Senator, Racial Minority Senator, East Quad Senator, Massell Quad Senator, North Quad Senator, Village Quad Senator, Rosenthal Quad Senator, Castle Quad Senator, Charles River and 567 Senator, Ziv Quad Senator, Ridgewood Quad Senator, Foster Mods Senator, Transitional Year Program Senator, Off-Campus Senator and Associate Justice will occur. According to Rosen in the email, more information on the elections for these positions will be announced to the student body in the next few weeks from Secretary Sneha Walia ’15.
Aug. 26—The Golding Health Center requested an ambulance for a female in respiratory distress. The student was transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for further care. Aug. 26—A female with stomach pains was transported to Golding Health Center from Sherman Dining Hall. Aug. 27—A female fell and hurt her leg during move-in into Rosenthal North residence hall. Aug. 27—A student was transported to the emergency room due to mud in her eye at the Mud Party event. Aug. 28—A student reported that she experienced pain in her appendix. She was consequently transported to Newton-Wellesley hospital for further care. Aug. 31—A student reported that his friend had fallen and hurt his ankle. He was then transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital with a BEMCo unit. Aug. 31—A student in Renfield Hall reported that her roommate
was not feeling well. BEMCo then transported the student to Newton-Wellesley Hospital. for further care. Aug. 31—A student by the Shapiro Campus Center called to state there was a drunk female by the food truck on the pathway. BEMCo was then dispatched and transported the female to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital for further care. Sept. 1—A community advisor in Pomerantz Hall called University Police to state her resident was sick, possibly due to intoxication. Sept. 1—A nurse from the Health Center alerted University Police to a student with acute physical discomfort. That student was then transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for further care. Sept. 1—A student in Cable Hall reported that she had a rash and requested that BEMCo assist her. The student was then transported to Newton WellesleyHospital for further care.
Aug. 31—A student noted that her email was compromised and wished to file a report.
Aug. 31—A student reported that a laptop was stolen from her room in Ziv. Later that day, the student called to notify University Police that, through a Facebook application, she discovered someone in Waltham conducted a Facebook photo search of her friends.
Aug. 31—A student reported that someone had thrown a bottle directly at her head.
Aug. 26—A student reported that his car had been hit outside of the North Quad parking lot.
Aug. 30—A complaint arose regarding loud music in the upper Foster Mods.
Aug. 26—A banner at the main entrance was taken. Aug. 28—Staff reported that a Brandeis laptop had been stolen at the Library and Technology Services vehicle parked at Rosenstiel Basic Medical Science Research Center.
Job search apps reviewed
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Aug. 28—A suspicious person was spotted outside the steps of Rabb School of Continuing Studies but could not be located. Aug. 28—A student notified University Police that a fellow student observed a snake in the bottom floor of Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Sept. 1—An officer from University Police noted that several students were engaged in suspicious activity upon entering a wooded area outside Sachar International Center.
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Do Dang ’15 was one of many students working to recruit club members at the Activities Fair on Sunday in Levin Ballroom. Dang recruited for the Brandeis Asian American Students Association.
With an eye on Labor Day, here’s a look at smartphone applications that deal with labor issues such as getting a job, hiring a laborer and, of course, clocking labor pains. Two free job apps, “Job Search” by Indeed.com and “Monster.com Jobs” by Monster Worldwide, provide intuitive searching from their opening screens, where you type in keywords and a location. Both provide many other services, such as resume posting, links to apply for jobs and notifications for registered users. One of the best is “cPRO+,” a Craigslist client from Escargot Studios LLC. The “+” indicates the paid version, at $1.99 for Android and Apple, but there’s also a free version. I used it to quickly pull up posts for laborers needed in the Philadelphia area for painting, construction, mold remediation, landscaping and manufacturing. The app can be set to notify you of new listings. And you also can use it to shop or to sell stuff. Act like an economist and study the Keynesian view of labor by picking up The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, a 1939 text by John Maynard Keynes, one of the most influential and controversial economists of the last 100 years. The book comes as a $1.99 app for iPhone, and there is a similar 99-cent version for Android devices. “Full Term: Labor Contraction Timer,” free for iPhone from Mustansir Golawala, who says in describing the app that he created it for use by his wife. Tap “Start” and “Stop” as labor contractions come and go. You can just stick to timing, or tap “Detail” to record the intensity of a contraction or make notes about it. To get information to a health professional, tap the email icon to send your contraction list, including start and end times with durations, frequency and intensity compiled in a chart. Review testimonials say the app is “perfect for panicked dads” and “gave me something to focus on during contractions.” —McClatchy Newspapers
ANNOUNCEMENTS BADASS open debate
Join the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society for an open debate in the Mandel Center for the Humanities. Watch current members debate, or participate in the debate. New and potential members, as well as spectators, are welcome. Today at 8 p.m. in Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G03.
Outdoor Nerf Gun War
What could possibly be better than enjoying the outdoors with friends? Enjoying the outdoors with friends and Nerf Guns. Join Student Activities and Game Knight as we have a blast. Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Great Lawn.
Spend the afternoon kayaking down the Charles River from Charles River Canoe and Kayak’s Newton, Mass. site, located just down the road. Purchase a $10 ticket at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Cam-
pus Center atrium. Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Leaving from Spingold Theater Center driveway.
for a medal to be worn at graduation. Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center, Room 313.
Summer internship funding info session
Join Student Activities for everyone’s favorite game: Bingo. Cool prizes and cheesy host commentary make this an irresistible evening. Thursday at 10 p.m. to midnight at Cholmondeley’s.
New Year’s Eve party
Here’s your first chance to experience the less studious side of campus. Come and party rock for the New Year and celebrate in style. Saturday at 10 p.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m. in the Usdan Student Center International Lounge.
Commitment to Service info session
Students who enroll in the Commitment to Service Award Program and track their service hours through Sage will be eligible
Come hear how you can receive funding for your summer internship. Representatives from the Sorensen Fellowship, the Hiatt Career Center, Rapaporte Foundation Grants, Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, Eizenstat Israel Travel Grants through the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and other organizations will all attend this information sessionn. Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium.
Waltham Group recruitment night
Stop by recruitment night to learn about all 18 Waltham Group volunteer programs, from working with kids to building homes and more. Sign up to get involved. Monday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.
were installed in additional campus residence halls this summer. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Upon returning to campus, students in all on-campus dormitories excluding Usen Castle and the Foster Mods found that they no longer required keys to access their respective buildings. Students can now swipe their University identification cards to gain access to their dormitories. The project, which cost the University $269,500, according to Senior Vice President for Administration Mark Collins, was completed over the summer after years of considering the idea and implementing the card access system in newly renovated and newly constructed buildings and dormitories. Ed Callahan, director of public safety, said in an interview with the Justice that the project “moves [Brandeis] into the 21st century.” Callahan said that the University has control over who can access each building, and can also track who enters each building that requires card access on campus. According to Jeremy Leiferman, director of the department of community living, Usen Castle currently presents challenges that prevent adding the card access system to the building, although he believes it will eventually be added. Leiferman said that the number of entrances and exits in the building is one issue. “We need to figure out, ‘Do all of them need to have a card access system?’ or ‘Do we re-
duce the number of entrances into the building?’” said Leiferman in an interview with the Justice. In addition, the construction of the building is challenging, according to Leiferman. “It’s built out of stone and rock, which makes it a little bit harder to navigate any conduit through for the card access systems,” he said. Leiferman said that card access was not added to the Mods because the Mods are arranged in a townhouse style, so there is no main entrance. Card access would have to be added to all 36 entrances, which was determined to be impractical. Despite the lack of a card access system for the Foster Mods or Usen Castle, the campus is closer to being consistent with exterior door access around campus. For students who observe Shabbat, DCL has distributed keys and ensured that each building has a designated Shabbat door, which is accessible by key, according to Leiferman. According to Callahan, in the event of a blackout or emergency situation, the card readers have a battery backup system. “Police would be assigned to monitor access. … We’ve had different situations where we would be prepared,” said Callahan. In addition to the card access system, Leiferman said that during the time card access was added to the buildings, a sensor was added to each door that will alert public safety if it is left propped open for an extended period of time. “When those are left open they might allow someone, or something, … to run inside the building,” he said. “It’s not an alarm that will sound, but it does sound a trigger down to public safety to have that door shut.”
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DINING CHANGES: Students observed the changes Sodexo made to Usdan Cafe during the company’s first weeks at Brandeis.
Sodexo settles into campus ■ Sodexo’s introduction to
Brandeis was accompanied by several changes in dining options on campus. By SARA DEJENE JUSTICE EDITOR
Since the University announced Sodexo would be taking over as the University’s food service provider, the company has wasted no time moving into campus, as most dining locations have seen significant alterations. The Hoot Market, formerly known as the Provisions on Demand Market, now offers produce from Russo’s Market. Starbucks coffee is served in Farber Library and food trucks will be rolled out on weekend nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Another change for some locations includes hours of operations. Sherman Dining Hall now offers continuous service from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in addition to its service between 7 to 10 a.m., adding an extra hour of service during dinner hours. Quiznos is now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight. The Stein, which was previously only open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, will now also be open for lunch on those days, while maintaining late night hours until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Einstein’s Bagel Bros. was one of the only locations to have its hours reduced with the new provider. The 24-hour service during the week was eliminated, open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. According to Einstein’s employee Darrell Hosford ’16, who consistently worked the 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. shift during the 2012-2013 academic year, the change in hours is not detrimental. “No one really came after like [midnight], so I would just stand there and get paid for it. It was really boring because nobody came,” he said in an interview with the Justice. “You did [see people coming by after 2 a.m.], but it was … still a ghost town.” In an email to the Justice, Resident District Manager for Sodexo Jay DeGioia explained that Sodexo changed its hours based on research conducted among students. “Throughout the [request for proposal] process … Sodexo observed operations and communicated with the college. After collecting information and further conversations, hours were set,” wrote Senior Director of Operations for Sodexo at Brandeis Randi Kates-Peirce in an email to the Justice. “As with all of
the locations we will evaluate the hours. We encourage feedback as well.” According to DeGioia, some changes are still on the way. The Guy Fieri’s on-campus restaurant “is in the architect’s hands and should move forward quickly,” DeGioia wrote. The Dunkin’ Donuts that will replace the Village Provisions on Demand Market is scheduled to open by early October, and plans to renovate Sherman Dining Hall as well as Usdan Cafe and Boulevard are scheduled for next summer. Sodexo is also looking into potentially adding more dining locations. DeGioia also outlined plans to further utilize student feedback. “One tool we will roll out soon is Staff Ranker, which is an online tool to give students the ability to leave compliments and concerns on their experience,” wrote DeGioia. “We will also open with a great program that will allow students to text comments, concerns and compliments using their smart phones allowing our team to respond quickly, track trends, and solve issues in a timely manner.” Sodexo also plans on gathering input via “two formal surveys.” In addition, DeGioia wrote that So-
dexo is planning to work with student groups such as the Dining Committee and hire two student marketing coordinators and a sustainability coordinator. These students will be responsible for organizing a grassroots marketing campaign and sustainability efforts, respectively. In addition to its partnership with Russo’s Market to provide local food, DeGioia wrote that Sodexo is also working to serve cage-free eggs. Currently, they are served in Sherman and will also be available at other locations. DeGioia wrote that he is “pleased” with Sodexo’s reception on campus so far. “We are presently getting to know our team, and are excited to see the knowledge and passion amongst all our union and student workers. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the changes we have made so far.” He later wrote, “Brandeis is a great institution and we are thrilled to help improve the student experience.” To see what students think of the campus dining changes, see the Brandeis Talks column. —Marissa Ditkowsky contributed reporting.
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a combined BS/MBA and BA/MBA for which university seniors can apply. By ILANA KRUGER JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The Brandeis International Business School is making its mark in the undergraudate community this semester. IBS launched a program this year that will allow students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences to also complete an MBA in just three semesters after graduation. The BA/MBA and BS/MBA dualdegree programs were announced in May, after being approved by the Board of Trustees. The program caters to students graduating with degrees in both the sciences and in the liberal arts. BS students are required to take at least two undergraduate classes in Business or Economics, and the BA students generally major or minor in Business along with their additional liberal arts major. “To some extent, each of these two groups will follow a slightly different path, but the plan enables all these graduates to get an MBA without having to leave campus for work experience, as is usually the case for MBA programs,” Prof. Ben Gomes-Casseres (IBS), director of the MBA program, said in an interview with the Justice. The MBA track normally involves at least two years of work experience before the two years of graduate studies. The dual-degree program allows students to complete the MBA in only three semesters after completing their undergraduate degree, according to the IBS website. Four courses, or 16 credits, taken as an undergraduate will also count toward the MBA, and students will complete the remaining 48 credits required for the MBA over those three semesters. According to Gomes-Casseres, the idea originated from both the strategic planning process of the
University as a whole and IBS’ own strategic planning. The strategic plan mentions dual-degree, interdisciplinary programs such as this one. “Parallel to the University effort, we at IBS also explored in our strategic planning how to enhance the academic links between IBS and the rest of Brandeis,” Gomes-Casseres said. “We are excited about this new program as it builds upon the strengths of the undergraduate programs and Brandeis IBS, positioning students to find rewarding and intellectually challenging positions in the new economy,” said Dean of IBS Bruce Magid. “We expect there to be a lot of interest among students looking to complete their schooling in a shorter amount of time, while still getting the benefit of a rigorous academic program complemented by internships and other hands-on educational experiences.” Although the application process is for students in their senior year at Brandeis, Gomes-Casseres suggests that students begin to consider the program earlier on in their studies, since it is a competitive program. “The admissions requirements are high because we want to ensure that the applicant has sufficient training and experience to succeed in the MBA classroom, but Brandeis undergraduates are a smart and hard-working bunch, so we expect that when the program is fully up and running, one or two dozen might be admitted yearly to the BA/MBA program,” he said. Work experience and internships in the business field are required for admission to the BA/ MBA program, and students pursuing the BS/MBA are encouraged to have similar work and lab experience. IBS will be holding information sessions about the dual-degree program on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Common Room at IBS. Gomes-Casseres also encourages students to speak with him and Holly Chase, the admissions dean at IBS, with any questions they may have about the program.
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SETTLING INTO A NEW SPACE: A father helped his daughter move in last Tuesday to a newly renovated room in East Quad.
Students discover new changes in dormitories ■ Significant changes were
made to East and North Quads this summer, including two new fitness centers. By MARISSA DITKOWSKY JUSTICE EDITOR
Over the summer, several maintenance projects were completed around campus, including renovations in East Quad and the installation of fitness areas with equipment throughout campus. A substantially increased budget for deferred maintenance allowed for the renovations in East Quad to be completed this summer. According to a May 21 Justice article, the Board of Trustees approved a four-fold increase in the budget for deferred maintenance on campus at the end of the last academic year. In the approved budget, $10 million is to be allocated to these past-due construction and maintenance jobs each year for the next 10 years, up from $2.5 million. Work in East Quad began in summer 2012, when the University remodeled the bathrooms, according to director of the Department of Community Living Jeremy Leiferman. This summer, according to Leiferman, the planned work was to remodel student bedrooms, in addition to the hallways and lounges. Such work included
adding new carpet, window shades, furniture, lights and the completion of paint jobs. “A lot of the fixtures in East, like most of the furniture, [were] original to the building’s construction in the [1960s], so that’s getting on … 50 years old now,” said Leiferman in an interview with the Justice. Free-standing wardrobes were also installed in East Quad after removing the built-in closets. According to Lieferman, due to the fact that the closets were built-in, sprinkler heads originally had to be placed in the closets in addition to a sprinkler head for each individual room. Those additional heads were removed this summer. “While the sprinkler system is important for safety in the event of a fire, it’s also a potential risk to have sprinkler heads that could get knocked off when they’re in a closet and someone is shoving stuff around, so it was also a good thing to be able to remove those,” said Leiferman. Leiferman said that despite the progress made this summer, he believes there are still some other issues that could be addressed in East Quad in the future. “I think the East project has been thought of as a multi-year project … [N]ext summer, or future summers maybe down the line, I think we’ll start to look at other things as well,” he said. Along with the renovations to East Quad, this summer, the University also installed new carpet, ceiling and
lighting in the hallways of Shapiro Hall in Massell Quad. “I think we’re always looking to see what we can do to make the residence halls better living spaces, and we will constantly do [all] work … So there are minor things that happen every summer that I imagine will continue,” Leiferman said. Another issue that has previously been discussed is the steam heating system, which, according to Leiferman, causes clanking pipes. “It’s not a Brandeis anomaly; it’s just one of the things that comes along with the style of the heating system,” Leiferman said. “To replace the heating system is a pretty significant project and requires lots of thought, and so not to discount the work that was done in East this summer, but it’s pretty easy to put down a carpet and paint and get new furniture. Replacing the heating system is a little bit more significant of a project.” In addition to the renovations, two small fitness areas with equipment were added to Gordon Hall in North Quad in addition to a small fitness area in East Quad. “Some of the themes coming out of the strategic plan of the University were with wellness,” Leiferman said. “Certainly adding fitness equipment to those will definitely hit that goal.” According to Leiferman, East Quad and other renovations received separate funding from the fitness area projects.
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TREASURY: Aidasani given second chance CONTINUED FROM 1 or not I would vote to impeach Sunny, but I wasn’t part of any sort of movement to get Sunny impeached,” said Chen in an interview with the Justice. The meeting was then cancelled after Aidasani spoke with President Ricky Rosen ’14 and other Executive Board members to settle existing issues, according to Franco. Rosen declined to comment on the Union’s initial reasoning for proposing impeachment, stating that he hopes the solution will prove effective, and that Aidasani will be able to continue as treasurer. “[T]he student body elected Sunny to be the Treasurer of the Student Union this year, and I am hopeful that Sunny will be able to carry out his responsibilities as Treasurer,” wrote Rosen in an email to the Justice. Aidasani answered similarly. “The circumstances have been resolved and after talking it over with a few members of the Executive Board, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interest of the student body for me to remain as the Student Union Treasurer,” wrote Aidasani in an email to the Justice. “To my understanding, the Student Union Executive Board and Senate are in my support and believe I will rightfully execute my duties,” he added. “I
am trying my best to rectify it now. Most, if not all, treasury tasks are on track and to be completed in a timely manner now.” According to Student Union Vice President Charlotte Franco ’15, there was a general lack of communication between Aidasani and other members of the Executive Board over the summer. In addition, the lack of communication between Aidasani and clubs left room for confusion. Franco explained that, over the summer, clubs email the treasurer to receive updates regarding their allocated funds. Franco explained that one duty of the treasurer is to assist with the rough budget that is created and divided for different Union purposes. “[I] t was just [tasks like] setting up those different accounts and making sure that [Secretary] Sneha [Walia ’15] had funding to start purchasing office supplies once the new year started and things like that,” she said. Franco said that after Rosen and Aidasani met to discuss the situation, Rosen decided that there was no longer a need for impeachment. “Basically it came to a decision that [Adasani] was able to do the job and that we were able to move forward and that Sunny showed that he could continue and knew what was needed of him to fix the summer and continue going forward,” said Franco in an interview with the
SHUTTLES: New provider begins transport services CONTINUED FROM 1 student interest and provide shuttle service to Riverside in the past, including in 2006 and 2011, proved unfruitful despite positive indicators of student demand for the services. During the 2011 trial run, a Riverside station shuttle ran over one weekend in November, according to a Dec. 5 Justice article. According to Callahan in an interview with the Justice for that article, the shuttle buses served a total of 145 students, which is about 12 percent of the total caacity of the buses and about 2.5 percent of the entire student body. The push for extended Boston and Cambridge shuttle hours and a Riverside shuttle began again during the spring 2013 semester, during which a survey created by the Student Union regarding shuttle services was sent in an email to the Brandeis community on April 5 in order to receive suggestions for improvement, according to an April 16 Justice article.
Justice. However, Franco said that there is a list of tasks relating to Aidasani’s duties as treasurer that he must complete by today, as determined by Rosen. Should Aidasani fail to complete these tasks, the initial decision regarding how to handle the situation would go to the Executive Board once again. “We’ll have to consider our options,” Franco said. “I mean obviously, everyone knows impeachment isn’t something anybody wants to do and … we really have to think about it. If there is a problem, again, we will be talking about it as a group and coming to a decision as to what the best course of action is, not only for the Union but for our students, for our clubs.” According to former Treasurer David Clements ’14, over the summer, the Union treasurer is expected to organize purchasing card procurement, allocate early marathon, set policies, train the club leaders and assistant treasurers and respond to club questions. “I believe that student life, at least in part, is reliant upon a productive and responsible Treasurer,” Clements wrote in an email to the Justice. “Being the Treasurer is one of the most time consuming and necessary jobs in the Union, as the 270 clubs on campus cannot function properly without a well run Treasury and their finances
in place.” Clements wrote that Aidasani was prepared and trained for the position prior to taking over as treasurer. “I spent more time training him than I received. He was well trained,” Clements wrote. Aidasani wrote in an email to the Justice that his communication may have been lacking. “I realize I might have been unresponsive over the summer, because I was dealing with personal circumstances that have been discussed with [Rosen],” Aidasani wrote. “I would like to apologize to anyone who was caused any inconveniences, and I would like the student body to rest assured that they may contact me with any questions or needs they have regarding club finances or treasury.” In his email to the Justice, Aidasani accounted for each summer responsibility named by Clements. In regard to P-Card procurement, Aidasani wrote that the University is in the process of switching from JP Morgan to Wells Fargo, making the process take longer than expected. “I recommend club leaders get in touch with me for alternative payment. I will update club leaders as more information is available,” he wrote. Franco confirmed that Aidasani had no control over the delays in P-Card procurement. “[T]he way that P-cards
work with Wells Fargo is different from what we’re used to and there’s small technical things that Budget Analyst Steve Costa is working out with the bank before P-cards can get issued,” said Franco in an interview with the Justice. “Giving out P-cards, that’s something that Steve Costa does. Then Sunny follows through.” According to Aidasani, early marathon allocations were already determined and posted on the Student Union Management System by the Finance Board over the summer. In addition, he wrote that the club treasurer’s training generally takes place between one to two weeks after the Club Connections Conference. “This way, club leaders have more time to establish their E-Board positions and are not overwhelmed with too much information from Treasury and the Finance Board in one session,” he wrote. The treasurer’s training, which will inform club leaders of all new policies, will tentatively take place on Sept. 10, 11 and 12, according to Aidasani. “Dates will be finalized and announced on the club leaders' listserv within the next few days. Assistant treasurers will receive their complete training the same week as well, if not earlier,” he wrote. —Tate Herbert, Adam Rabinowitz and Sam Mintz contributed reporting
“Throughout this entire process, we listened to students and made these changes based on what was most popular,” wrote Student Union President Ricky Rosen ’14 in an email to the Justice. “In our Student Union Shuttle Hours surveys last year, students expressed a desire to explore extended shuttle hours to Cambridge/Boston earlier in the day on weekends, as well as a need to access the Riverside T stop, and so this is the avenue that we pursued.” Rosen does not believe that the fact that the Riverside shuttle will only run for three hours on the days that it runs will be an issue. “[T]he Riverside stop is only 10 minutes away, and so we intend to make many trips within that three hour time range to accommodate as many students as we can,” he wrote. “Students interested in traveling into Boston or Cambridge on Thursday afternoons by way of the Riverside T-Stop could then take a shuttle back to campus that evening,” Callahan continued.
FACULTY: Univ faculty salaries above median CONTINUED FROM 1 fessors made $50,100 a year. “The faculty salaries here at Brandeis had been historically very low compared to peer institutions. A few years ago there was an effort to address this in order to retain our excellent faculty and to continue to attract the best junior faculty to Brandeis,” wrote Faculty Senate Chair, Prof. Eric Chasalow (MUS), in an email to the Justice. “The goal was to gradually raise the salaries to the middle of the [Association of American Universities], of which we are a member.” Nationally, out of the 1,142 higher education institutions surveyed, Brandeis ranked 100th in
terms of faculty salary, flanked by 99th-ranked Indiana University Bloomington and 101st Colorado School of Mines. All faculty salaries for Brandeis are above the national median, according to the study. For the lowest tier of professors, “instructors,” of which there are only four at Brandeis according to the survey, the average salary was $59,000. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education article, “The figures reflect the earnings of fulltime instructional and research staff whose main role (more than 50 [percent]) is instruction, regardless of whether or not they have official faculty status.”
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The Boston Arts Festival drew a playful, energetic crowd this weekend at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Visitors both viewed and created their own art pieces.
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VERBATIM | STEVE JOBS Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
ON THIS DAY…
In 1895, John Brallier became the first professional American football player.
In ancient Rome, a crooked nose was considered to be the mark of a good leader.
BRANDEIS BEGINNINGS: Rosenthal (left) Nuchtern (middle) and Frederick (right) met at a program called Impact Boston, held at Brandeis in 2011. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ELLIE ROSENTHAL
‘Sibs’ traverse the states
Ellie Rosenthal ’16 fills a gap in autism-spectrum awareness By REBECCA LANTNER JUSTICE EDITOR
Driving for 10,000 miles through 27 states with three close friends: It sounds like any college student’s dream summer trip. For Ellie Rosenthal ’16, however, her road trip was more than a cross-country escapade but rather a seven-week journey into the lives of “sibs.” On June 11, Rosenthal and two friends, Renee Frederick, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin and Claire Nuchtern, a sophomore at Princeton University, embarked on a road trip across the country to document the stories of “sibs.” “Sib” is a term for the sibling of an individual with developmental disabilities. The Martin Dale Summer Award made the project possible. The award is a competitive scholarship that funds inspiring summer projects. Nuchtern sent a proposal and was one of the few students to receive the grant. The trio interviewed over 90 sibs, ranging from five to 85 years old. Departing from Houston, Rosenthal and her friends drove through the southern states, up the east coast to Boston, and then out west, ultimately ending in Rosenthal’s home state of California. For Rosenthal and her friends, their “Sibs’ Journey” was not just a way to pass the languid summer months—each had her own personal motivation for making the trip. For Rosenthal, that motivation was her sister, who was diagnosed with autism, along with other mental disorders, as a baby. “[It’s] one of those classic stories,” she said, in an interview with the Justice. “My parents really wanted to get pregnant, but they couldn’t so they adopted [my sister], and then three months
later they got pregnant with me.” In the blog that the three girls created to document their journey, Rosenthal shares how growing up with a sister with developmental disorders affected her. Although she was the younger sibling, she felt the traditional role of the older sibling thrust upon her. She always wanted to be the person whom her sister could look up to and needed to be the perfect child for her parents. Throughout her life, Rosenthal was wary to open up to others about her unique family dynamic. But in the summer of 2011, a friendship was fostered at Brandeis University when Rosenthal met her future travelling partners and best friends, Frederick and Nuchtern. They were all part of a program called Impact Boston, a high school summer program focused on social justice and community service. Rosenthal soon discovered that Nuchtern, too, was a sib; her older brother has Asperger’s Syndrome. Planning for Sibs’ Journey began months in advance and proved to be a huge endeavor. The key component was finding a diverse range of sibs to interview. “We used a lot of Facebook,” said Rosenthal. “We contacted sib shops [which provide peer support and recreational activities for sibs] and sib leadership networks and we got a lot of resources from them. We posted in a lot of listservs and contacted Autism Speaks [an autism advocacy organization] and specific camps … it was really cool because people passed our name around.” With the $4,000 scholarship in their pockets, the three girls took on the issue of trying to capture the experiences of siblings of people with developmental disorders. “We noticed … that there is not a lot of information out there about full family experiences,” Rosenthal said. “There
NICHE NARRATIVE: Ellie Rosenthal ’16 and her friends conducted over 90 interviews with siblings of people with developmental disorders.
are workshops and books and services for parents of people with disabilities, but there really isn’t anything for siblings.” Rosenthal and her friends wanted to change that. As the interviews progressed, the trio developed a system. Nuchtern and Rosenthal would tell their stories, which, Rosenthal admits, was difficult for her initially. “At first, I struggled to explain my sister,” she said, “but as the summer progressed, I got better at it.” Although Frederick is not have a devlopmentally challenged relative, she is an important ally to the cause, adding her own unique skills to the team. Frederick was what Rosenthal calls “the technology maven,” promoting the blog and also “[keeping] everything in the right place, mentally,” Rosenthal said. Although the girls got some great feedback, not all the interviews were as rewarding as they had hoped. “It would take a while until we had a really good interview,” Rosenthal said. “Some of the interviews we did on the east coast didn’t go so well, either because they were really upsetting or they weren’t as helpful as we wanted them to be or really repetitive.” Going forward, they hope to take the information they’ve gathered and apply it to help families and professionals. “We’re looking to provide resources to health professionals, so when, for example, a child of two gets a diagnosis of autism, the whole family can be involved in a conversation so the sibling really knows what’s ahead of them,” she said. The trio is also in the works of trying to secure funding for a book co-written by the three of them about their experiences. On the whole, Sibs’ Journey was just that: a journey. There were points in the trip when the
INSPIRING DRIVE: The girls drove 10,000 miles in total; The long drives were cited by Rosenthal as one of her favorite aspects of the journey. girls questioned why they were bothering. “We’d be driving around, really tired, [thinking] ‘What’s the point?’” Rosenthal said. “But then, an hour later, we would have a really amazing interview. We’d realize that we get to listen to people’s stories all day long. This is why we’re here.”
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Prodding along the Ph.D.
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GRADUATE GOLD: Dissertation-year fellowships like the Andrew W. Mellon fellowship provide crucial funding for Ph.D. candidates.
A commitment agreement pushes doctoral candidates to finish By JAIME KAISER JUSTICE EDITOR
It can take a Ph.D. student years to finish his or her degree. Between outside employment, teaching positions and a rigorous workload, it is easy for the completion of a final dissertation to be postponed for months or even years. For doctoral students working toward a Ph.D. in the humanities, however, a new incentive has been formalized that allows those who qualify for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation-Completion Fellowship to reach the graduation finish line by having them sign a consent form promising they will not seek outside employment. The Fellowship is a useful resource for those who do not wish to linger in academia for too long. According to an article the Chronicle For Higher Education published in July, Brandeis Ph.D. students take a median average time of seven years to complete their degrees, but there are large variations in completion time between different departments. In order to qualify for the fellowship, students must be in their sixth year and writing a dissertation in the humanities or that takes
a humanistic approach in the social sciences. It is therefore open to students in 10 different Brandeis graduate programs across multiple departments including Music, Politics and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Offering helpful opportunities to speed students through their programs is important to Prof. Mick Watson (PSYC), the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the principal investigator on the Mellon Fellowship, responsible for negotiating the terms of the fellowship with the foundation. The purpose of the fellowship is to “give [the students] an entire year to dedicate to their dissertations so that they have enough funding to survive,” Watson said in an interview with the Justice. The current funding each fellow receives has increased from previous years and now stands at $35,000. The Mellon foundation has been a partner with Brandeis in this offering for four years. “The [Mellon] Foundation is very interested in seeing humanities students not linger on ... this is almost like an experiment to see if this will help students graduate in a timely manner,” said Watson. As Watson emphasized, the idea that students should not take outside employment
while on the grant is not a new concept but has, in fact, always been part of an unofficial understanding that was only this year made into a commitment form. Watson admitted that there are challenges to living comfortably on $35,000 a year, but said that “it’s a pretty good amount compared to anything else graduate students are going to get.” The need to formalize the agreement comes from the behavior of a minority of students who took the grant but still failed to finish their dissertations on time. “The whole purpose of this is to keep people motivated,” said Watson. “Most students that got it, [the fellowship] were perfectly good at handling it but some people got the money and still did not use it to work on their dissertation.” For Paul Herron, a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Politics department, receiving the fellowship meant dealing with certain inconveniences. Herron’s passion for teaching made the fellowship’s strict stipulation against outside employment somewhat disappointing. “I love to teach and though I wouldn’t say it’s a sacrifice, you don’t get to teach that year so you are giving up something,” he said. Even though Herron is disappointed he
won’t be teaching this year, he says he understands ultimately that if he for a time refrains from outside work, the ability to dedicate all his efforts to his dissertation is invaluable. “It is ultimately a very freeing situation because you’re just able to concentrate on your own work ... there’s a trade-off but I think it is ultimately well worth it. I simply wouldn’t be able to finish my dissertation in the same amount of time if I were teaching a class,” he said. Herron went on to say that “the nice thing about Brandeis is that you can get teaching experience before you enter your sixth year.” Herron hopes to finish his dissertation by the end of this year. His work focuses on southern state constitutions and American political development in the period between seccession and the turn of the 20th century. The first round of fellows that will be affected by the new commitment agreement will be selected sometime in the late fall or early winter of the 2013-2014 academic year. It remains to be seen how much the commitment agreement will help Ph.D. students get their degrees in a more timely fashion, but that is the goal. Borrowing a common phrase from the doctoral student world, “the best dissertation is a finished one,” Herron said.
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Invest in faculty A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked faculty salaries among universities nationwide. According to the article, Brandeis has the 14th highest paid faculty in he state of Massachusetts and the 100th highest paid faculty nationwide, out of the 1,142 schools surveyed. On average, full professors at Brandeis make $131,400 a year, while associate professors make $93,400, assistant professors make $83,400 and basic instructors make $59,000. According to the same article, full professors were paid $80,000 in the year 2000. Adjusting for inflation, that would translate into about $108,523 of today’s dollars. At the current rate of $131,400, the University has increased the faculty salary at a greater pace than inflation. Despite staying ahead of inflation, Brandeis’ pay to professors actually falls short of many comparable schools. Tufts University, a school of similar size and location, pays full-time professors $138,400, and associate professors $101,200, on average. Other schools in the Association of American Universities such as Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University, have significantly higher pays for all levels of faculty—at least $15,000 more for fulltime professors, at least $8,000 more for associate professors and at least $20,000 more for assistant professors. Brandeis has made an active effort in the past to raise faculty wages to match similar universities. As stated by Faculty Senate Chair Prof. Eric Chasalow (MUS), “A few years ago there was an effort to address this in order to retain our excellent faculty and to continue to attract the best
Sustain equal pay for sexes junior faculty to Brandeis.” Top-tier faculty is essential to the success of the University. Brandeis currently boasts a small, 10-1 student to faculty ratio. Yet maintaining that ratio while still preserving top quality faculty requires excess investment in order to compensate for the abnormally large amount of faculty. While we recognize universities with medical, law and other graduate schools naturally will have higher pay, this board hopes the University recognizes the necessity to stay competitive in faculty wages in order to maintain the academic caliber of the University. Investing in excellent faculty is an investment in the success of the University as a whole. However, faculty investment does not refer only to salaries. Other issues such as gender equality must be top priorities of the administration. The Chronicle article states that while there are 105 male full professors at Brandeis to only 48 women, the average salary for women ($133,000) is higher than that of men ($130,700). Equal opportunity for men and women is an issue that falls in line with the social justice mantra of the University. Having equally paid genders is a step toward a more progressive university and ensures our commitment to staying ahead of the competitive curve Investing in faculty, in regard to both pay and equal opportunity, is an important issue for the long-term success of the University. We look forward to seeing the University further ensure its investment in its faculty.
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Last week, President Obama revealed a lofty plan to transform the way higher education is financed. The plan would tie federal aid to both student and college performance. The plan aims to make student-loan debt repayment more manageable by lowering interest rates and could also potentially curb rising tuition costs by rewarding cost-effective and fiscally responsible schools. Do you think the plan is feasible?
Anita Palmer ’15 It is assuredly certain that students and families alike seek access to certain metrics when reaching a decision on their chosen higher education institution. Nevertheless, it is just as important to recognize that there is a huge spectrum of educational institutions in the country that serve to suit the varying needs of their students. Using a standard and potentially trite method to evaluate these schools could deteriorate the very characteristics that are the backbone of American higher education. A school focused on vocational workplace training shares little in common with a research university promoting a liberal and innovative career path. Proposed factors such as graduate earnings could further undermine a liberal arts education and emphasize the need for timely majors that stereotypically yield high incomes. The success of Obama’s proposition is heavily dependent on the factors chosen. If done thoughtfully, with the cooperation of Congress, federal aid could be appropriately allotted to those who need it most and political friction surrounding student loan rates could be minimized. Deciding on which students and what institutions deserve it, however, will be difficult to determine. Anita Palmer ’15 is the president of the Brandeis Economics Society.
Andrew Wingens ’14
Expanding access to higher education is one of the most important steps this nation can take toward bolstering our economy and improving our quality of life. However, just as higher education has become a prerequisite for many jobs, the costs of attaining a degree have skyrocketed. The president’s focus on this issue should be applauded because he can leverage the distribution of federal financial assistance to force colleges to find new and innovative approaches to provide a more affordable model. The president’s plan is necessarily bold and may face resistance from institutions of higher education entrenched in ways of the past. The plan’s quantitative approach is an effective means to hold colleges accountable. The difficulty, however, may be in which statistics the government uses to evaluate the schools. If the administration works in conjunction with universities to determine the best metrics by which to evaluate these institutions, then the plan can be both feasible and transformative.
Union confusion disappoints On Friday, Student Union Executive Senator Annie Chen ’14 sent an urgent email to the entire Senate announcing an emergency meeting on Sunday to consider—and vote upon—the impeachment of Student Union Treasurer Sunny Aidasani ’14. This email was not accompanied by any explanation or public announcement. According to the email, there were several members of the Student Union Executive Board who were prepared to testify. However, later in the day on Friday, the meeting was canceled, again with no notice to the student body. Aidasani is currently working on completing his beginning-of-the-year duties and will be evaluated later today by members of the Union. Aidasani staying in his current role as Treasurer is contingent upon performing these duties. According to former Treasurer David Clements ’14, over the summer, the Union treasurer is expected to organize purchasing card procurement, allocate early marathon funding, set policies, train the club leaders and assistant treasurers and respond to club questions. In two separate emails to the Justice, Aidasani admitted to being “unresponsive” and “unavailable at times” over the summer, due to unspecified personal circumstances. Other members of the Student Union alluded to issues with communication, to the point of being unable to reach Aidasani up until the hearing was announced on Friday, the second day of the academic year. However, in an email to the Justice, Ai-
Impeachment vote cancelled dasani claimed that he has accounted for all of his summer responsibilities, and is ready to move forward with his duties for the rest of the year. Impeachment is, as Chen worded it in her email, a “weighty action” and this Board believes that the student body deserves to know why the Student Union, led by President Ricky Rosen ’14, called for this action then subsequently changed their mind. These decisions need to be illuminated and explained. It seems likely that either there was a reasonable stimulus for Aidasani’s impeachment, in which case the proceedings should have gone ahead, or that the initial call for impeachment was miscalculated or an overreaction, which also does not reflect well on the Union. Either way, the student body has been largely left in the dark about the performance of one of their top elected officials, as the notice of the impeachment hearing was not made publicly available. The Student Union has struggled with organization and accountability in past years, and we urge Rosen to break this trend and start turning the Union into the effective and open body that it needs to be. This year represents an opportunity for him and every other member of the Union to have an impact on Brandeis to a degree that few other students can. If Aidasani or any other member of the Union fails to seize that opportunity, their position needs to be examined by the student body which elected them.
Andrew Wingens ’14 is a Politics major and senior editor for the Justice.
Max Moran ’17 While President Obama’s education proposal is in the right spirit, it is utterly implausible and is designed as a distraction, not a serious initiative. The president’s proposal comes on the heels of a scandal: the White House is peering into Americans’ internet activities, threatening net neutrality, a huge issue for Obama’s young, liberal support base. So, to save face, Obama did what he does best: he gave a speech, a fiery one surrounded by University of Buffalo’s young and liberal students, on an issue that appeals to the young and liberal—college costs. The devil, as usual, is in the details: How does one measure college “performance” or “value” accurately? How can yet another college ranking system enact any change? How will Obama make a deadlocked Congress approve anything he proposes, especially legislation that won’t be enacted untill after he leaves office? Education needs real reform, not a presidential bluff to save face. Max Moran ’17 is a first-year at Brandeis University.
Adam Rabinowitz ’14 President Obama’s transformative student-loan plan is certainly innovative, incentivizing universities across the United States to raise retention rates, employment for its students, as well as various educational standards. Instead of indiscriminately allocating financial aid, the federal government will hopefully be wiser in distributing its Pell Grant funds toward colleges that provide concrete, tangible benefits to their students. While this makes higher education more accessible and allows for student-loan repayment plans to align more closely with one’s salary, the feasibility of the plan will still rest on a highly intransigent Congress and additional funding that is just not present. It is also critical to note that schools with limited endowments and fewer resources may suffer from an inability to meet the seemingly lofty standards of the ratings system, leading to a potential results-driven disparity between particular tiers of institutions. It is an ambitious plan that may change the landscape of college affordability—but at what greater cost? Adam Rabinowitz ’14 is the former president of Brandeis Democrats, a Community Advisor and the managing editor for the Justice.
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GMOs in produce present potential ethical dilemma By TASNEEM ISLAM JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In recent political news, our U.S. legislators shot down a law forcing companies to label all foods that contain genetically modified organisms. According to the World Health Organization, a genetically modified food is one that has been modified by inserting a gene from a different organism into its genetic code. This process allows businesses to profit from a food that was not made naturally. GM research is a very new science and the real health risks of consuming foods that are not naturally-occurring have not been confirmed. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine further reveals how some GM foods may have toxic effects on the hormonally-sensitive parts of our bodies, but that many more years of research must be conducted before we know for sure. According to he Grocery Manufacturer Association, 80 percent of the conventional processed foods we eat in America contain GMOs. Consumers have been unknowingly eating them and in light of recent news, this could be detrimental for people who have dietary restrictions. In this last orange season, a bacterium called C. liberibacter destroyed nine percent of the total orange groves in Florida. It sounds like a very small portion; but, Florida’s orange industry is the second largest in the world and this loss has put even more pressure on the farmers. Given the hope that genetic modification could potentially produce orange trees that are resilient to this devastating bacterium, farmers have begun working with GMO researchers. Dr. William O. Dawson at the University of Florida has been a key researcher, testing a dozen different bacteria-fighting genes to add to oranges. The most successful gene was doomed from the beginning and came from the least comforting source: the pig. Dawson’s article states that there is nothing scientifically dangerous about this; however, it does present an ethical dilemma for all the non-pig eaters of the world. From a religious standpoint, there are Muslims, Jews and Hindus as well as vegetarians and vegans, all of whom conservatively do not consume pigs or pork products. If this technology ends up passing the muster of our nation’s legal system, will genetically modified oranges become offlimits for all of these groups? Without legislation mandating that companies label foods containing GMOs, will these groups of people be able to safely eat oranges? Why have we as a society come to a point where even our fruits and vegetables are genetically related to pork products? How is this accepted as the best solution to stop the destruction caused by C. liberibacter? This bacterium has evolved to become so strong that it is resilient to all of the various pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals that are sprayed on orange groves. It is our own fault for having exposed our environment to so many deleterious chemicals that by the process of natural selection, C. liberibacter is now a formidable op-
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ponent. If this unsettling research becomes our nation’s last resort to save the orange groves of Florida, what could that mean for all of the other agricultural sectors in America that are threatened by deadly bacteria? Only a non-pork eater himself can dictate whether or not this type of orange will be ethically sound to consume. But if the U.S. government does not give its people the option to decide by not mandating companies to label their foods, will we be able to eat oranges anymore? When it comes to oranges, which are so central to American life—present on breakfast tables
and in little league sports snacks, genetic modification is a frightening solution. If researchers cannot stop C. liberibacter and it eradicates the fruit altogether, will we survive without the orange? Tampering with Mother Nature’s creations for temporary fixes to our agricultural problems does not seem to be the best solution. If I may present an alternate solution to the orange quandary, I would suggest all cities adopt a community-supported agriculture, which is much smaller in scale and more sustainably sound for our environment.
CSA is a fairly new system for which communities come together to fund and support local, organic, seasonal produce, which ultimately combats this unnatural demand most societies have for wanting everything available to them at all times. We, as Brandeis students, are fortunate to have multiple CSAs around Waltham that support a significant number of people. But if we expand this sustainable system to a national level and cater to this mindset of only eating produce that is in season to change our demanding dietary needs, could that be the easy solution to the case of the Florida oranges?
Syria comparisons to Iraq are misinformed and incorrect Noah M.
HORWITZ CIVIL AFFAIRS It now looks like military action by the United States in Syria is all but inevitable. In the next few weeks, as actions will be taken by this country and others in North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it is important to remember some basic ideas. Most importantly, the situation in Syria will not lead to another Iraq War. The Iraq War is the only time in this nation’s history that we invaded an overseas sovereign state with absolutely no immediate defensive reason. Even if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (they did not), it would not have made the war defensive, only justified. This is because there were absolutely no ongoing hostilities in the region before this nation attacked in 2003. While other wars were surely promulgated on faulty, if not deceptive reasoning, such as the explosion of the USS Maine leading to the Spanish-American War or the controversial Gulf of Tonkin incident leading to the Vietnam War, Iraq stood alone in its implications for its diplomacy and reasoning—or lack thereof.
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In Syria, there is an ongoing civil war, and there is a somewhat well-organized opposition rebel army. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein faced no secession or credible opposition front. At the time of the United States’ invasion, Hussein’s Baathists were in control of the entire country. Since there were no opposition figures to Hussein, the United States had to step into that role to take conservatorship of the country after his regime was toppled and attempt to rebuild the nation. That alleged “rebuilding” is what constituted an unmitigated disaster of military planning, ultimately resulting in perpetual Iraqi sectarian violence and an appalling loss of life, including 4,805 American soldiers. However, “boots on the ground” so to speak, would never be required in Syria. Once Bashar al-Assad’s Baathist regime is toppled, control of the nation will be gifted to the opposition fighters, under the protection of the Arab League. There is, in fact, another Middle Eastern conflict that a limited intervention in Syria would be reminiscent of, and it is not the Iraq War. It is the 2011 Libyan War. Similar to the likely upcoming Syrian intervention, the American intervention in Libya was in response to a humanitarian catastrophe. The dictator of Libya, Muammar Qaddafi,
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much like Syrian dictator al-Assad, had committed horrendous acts of terror against his own people, leading to a tipping point—or red line—beyond which something had to be done. In the case of Syria, the regime has used chemical weapons—most likely sarin gas—against children, an unprecedented act of terror. Back to Libya, the United States, backed by both NATO and the Arab League, established a no-fly zone over Libya and provided immense military aid to the rebel opposition. This was done after official approval by the president and Congress, and led to the tide turning against Qaddafi, by the way of the oppositions’ military victory, and ultimately led to his regime’s demise. There were never American boots on the ground in Libya, zero American causalities and the United States did not take an active role in the nation’s rebuilding. Further, Libya is much better off now than it has been in decades, attempting to embrace democracy after years of terror at the hands of a sadistic monster. In fact, recent elections have taken place in Libya, the first in 47 years. The same approach must be taken toward Syria. The humanitarian situation in that country is deplorable, and has been long before al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. This has happened after a dete-
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riorating Civil War that has lasted over two years. A swift military strike, preferably in conjunction with the establishment of a no-fly zone, could help to turn the tide against the Baathists and in favor of the rebels, just like with Qaddafi. Those with the naïve temerity to allege that the Syrian rebels may be worse than al-Assad’s current government are deeply mistaken. The current Syrian government is already a sworn enemy to the United States, as well as NATO and other allies including Israel. Further, the Baathists already aid and abet organizations defined as terrorists by this country, most notably Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon. The main opposition representation, the Syrian National Coalition, was recognized by the United States in December 2012 as the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” It is a far cry from being the world’s policeman to simply choosing a side in an ongoing conflict that we did not start. By taking concrete action against al-Assad’s regime, the United States is simply noting that the regime is no longer the legitimate representative of the people of Syria. Iraq was never about an ongoing civil war or an instant humanitarian crisis. It is an unfair comparison to juxtapose the past quagmire with the future conflict.
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Shark Week provides educational opportunity By CATHERINE ROSCH JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
My favorite week of the year isn’t Christmas break or spring break; it’s Shark Week. Yes, like countless other Americans, I tune into Discovery Channel in early August to watch shows about sharks, shark attacks and ocean science for an entire week. In the words of Tracy Jordan from NBC’s 30 Rock, I live every week like it is Shark Week. Most years, Shark Week is a bit of a joke for my father, my sister and I. We spend the whole week glued to the TV, listening to Andy Samberg talk about sharks, watching the Mythbusters team disprove the way they killed the shark in Jaws and generally not getting anything educational or intellectual out of it. In the back of my mind, I realize that Shark Week, like all other Discovery Channel shows, in theory is supposed to be somewhat educational, but if I have learned anything, I didn’t really appreciate it. It never occurred to me that a program I enjoy watching could be a serious teaching tool. This year though, Shark Week was different for me. I spent the previous week on scuba diving in Mexico, where I had seen sharks a couple times while diving on the reefs. While I was on the sofa, watching scientists, survivors, experts and enthusiasts talk about sharks as well as environmentalism, overfishing and the dangers of urban legend, it really hit home for me. While I am not a marine biologist or an especially passionate environmental activist, I do love the ocean and respect the animals that make it their home, including sharks. Sharks are often considered among the most deadly creatures on the planet. While they can be very dangerous and have been known to attack humans, sharks kill less people per year than vending machines, mosquitoes, deer and dogs. On average, only five deaths around the world per year are from shark attacks. It is estimated for every person killed per year by a shark, 20 million sharks will be killed by humans, be it for delicacies such as shark fin soup, fishing by bottom trawling or from environmental impacts and pollution. Shark Week is not just a week devoted to ridiculous and horrifying shark videos and attack testimonies; it is a week dedicated to promoting awareness about sharks and the environment while busting certain stereotypes, like that sharks are crazed killers. Even the shows about shark attacks only further drive this point home. Watch any interview that is included on Shark Week with certain shark attack survivors and scientists, and they will say they do not hate the shark for what happened, that the ocean is the shark’s home, not ours. Many people see Shark Week as humorous, something to make fun of and enjoy and not take seriously. I used to be one of them, and still do find
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Shark Week entertaining. However, I now also appreciate how Shark Week can actually be used as an educational tool for the general public, which often is ignorant or misinformed on the lifestyle of sharks. There are stereotypes that sharks are fierce, violent killers who are perfectly willing to snack on unsuspecting humans. After all, according to the Discovery Channel’s website about Shark Week, the program is designed to inform people about sharks
and provide information on how to save sharks from overfishing and other issues they face. Shark Week is an educational tool that is accessible to many people and makes people interested in a very serious issue. Perhaps if other TV networks and TV programs can emulate this model, issues like famine, sexual slavery, child soldiers and others can get the attention they need. It is easy to ignore major problems in our world by watch-
ing an enjoyable television channel instead of the news or something informative. However, if the channels people love to watch, be it TLC or Sy-Fy, have yearly shows in the style of Shark Week, I do believe the American people can have better awareness of some very serious issues. After all, who is going to say no to a week of television that teaches you while still being fun to watch?
Modern journalism embraces entertainment over importance Glen
CHESIR CHAGIS CHOP
Jerry Seinfeld once stated in an episode of his hit television show Seinfeld, “It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” As Seinfeld correctly points out, the news industry has always been able to manipulate the content of the news. Newspapers and magazines determine what makes the daily or weekly cut, as well as determining priority within a particular issue. The same holds true with the modern forms of news. Television stations, websites and blogs place priority on some stories over others as well as determining how to deliver that content via video, articles, sound bytes and more. The question, however, is how do media organizations determine priority of stories? In an ideal world, the answer is strictly based on which story is objectively more important. Precedence should be given to stories that are essential to the community it is appealing towards. And yet, as of Sunday afternoon, CNN’s website gave higher priority to the popular quarterback Tim Tebow being cut by the New England Patriots, as well as a feature on summer movie failures, over the verdict coming in about a gang rape of a student, by students. Under what determining process
could CNN’s editorial staff possibly have considered a glorified backup football player to be more important than the verdict of a serious crime? The answer lies in the winter television season of 1979-80. CBS had been piloting a new news program entitled 60 minutes. The ratings expectations were low—after all, news programming never turned a profit. They only continued to exist because of the Radio Act of 1927, which legally mandated radio, and eventually TV, to have some form of news programming. Yet, something miraculous happened: 60 Minutes turned a profit. After further investigation, the higher ratings and subsequent profit were attributed to two main factors. First and foremost, Dan Rather was brought on to host the show. With his good looks, fashionable attire and charming personality, advertisers’ favorite clientele—middle-aged women—were attracted to the show. Secondly, stories such as live reporting from Tehran on the Iran hostage crisis were, for lack of a better word, entertaining. CBS discovered that by making the legally mandated news segments entertaining, they could actually swing a profit on what was previously a ratings black hole. This news-as-entertainment model that was discovered by CBS has been adapted by virtually every private news entity in this country. Take the Trayvon Martin story. A tremendous tragedy occurred on that fateful day last February, when a teenage boy was killed. The arrest and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman continued until the verdict was reached on Saturday, July 13. When news broke of the verdict, I immedi-
ately turned my TV to CNN. Naturally a story of this magnitude about a controversial state law, with the apparent racial implications that it had, was the top story for the day. And the next day. And the next. But then on July 18, five days after the Martin verdict had been reached, another major story broke: the municipality of Detroit had declared bankruptcy.
Stories are not prioritized by importance; they are prioritized by potential viewership. To date, Detroit is the largest city to ever declare bankruptcy in the United States. Millions would be affected; pensions that hundreds of thousands of people rely on instantly became uncertain. Hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, money owed to other banks and lenders, would now have to be fought over in bankruptcy court. Like the Martin verdict, a story of this magnitude would be the top story on all forms of news media … and yet Pierce Morgan in the primetime 9 p.m. slot on CNN interviewed a friend of Trayvon, and only after briefly interviewed an economist in the last few minutes of the show. MSNBC’s website’s top story continued to be fallout from the verdict.
In the privatized market that is modern journalism in America, stories are not prioritized by importance; they are prioritized by potential viewership. At the end of the day, news outlets are businesses with bottom lines to meet. Stories must be entertaining as much as they are news. The Trayvon Martin verdict was a story that drives viewership; people care about the racial implications and tune in for the supposed controversy. A boring story about the economic downturn of a city, no matter how important, simply does not attract the same ratings. Day five of the Martin verdict coverage therefore got priority over Detroit’s bankruptcy. News outlets monopolized a tragedy that gained national limelight in order to gain a greater audience. This issue is even further magnified by the lack of attention the younger generation gives toward traditional forms of news. A 2012 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that the amount of people aged 18 to 29 that either read or watch the news has fallen 15 percent since 2006. Another poll conducted last year by this paper concluded that 74 percent of Brandeis students use social media to get their news while only 45 percent and 21 percent get their news from CNN and MSNBC, respectively. Media outlets must keep their news segments entertaining; otherwise they risk even further losing their audiences. It’s not all bad, though. After all, entertaining stories pay for the important ones. The primetime dollars that advertisers spend on shows with large audiences pay for live coverage of the Egypt riots from Cairo. We as readers and watchers must intake everything with a grain of salt. CNN’s priority is not to educate the public; it’s to keep them from changing the channel.
WSOCCER: Team shuts down opposing attacks CONTINUED FROM 16 er 15 shots on goal by nine players, and five of the six goals were assisted by four different players. However, Dallamora was probably even happier that she got to dip deep in her reserves because of the nature of the result—she was able to play almost all of her players at one point or another in the match. She was beaming about her team’s performance following the rout, saying that the squad “just played great soccer and really demontrasted good teamwork and communication. We’ve been working hard from preseason until now, and the girls have continued to put it together.” In the interest of secrecy, Dallamora declined to answer exactly what her game plan is, but said that her Judges will use the same plan if it continues working. While the Judges’ performance was superlative, they were helped by the visitors’ profligacy in multiple areas. Clark wasted most of its possessions by inaccurate passes, having to kick balls out of bounds because it could not handle Brandeis’ high
pressure, and overall sloppy play. This was epitomized by striker Cidney Moscovitch ’17, who blocked a pass by a Clark defender. Having taken advantage of the miscue, she possessed the ball, raced in on goal and finished the shot to give the Judges a comfortable 4-0 advantage at the break, much to the delight of the crowd at Gordon Field. Despite the fact that Brandeis’ game against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resulted with a win, the Judges were not as dominant in that game. Of course, the visiting Engineers are only three spots behind the Judges, in the NSCAA’s preseason rankings, so it wasn’t surprising that it took all that Brandeis had both offensively and defensively to emerge victorious. Spital wasted no time making her presence known, testing the MIT defense with a shot just 14 seconds into the game. And much like she did time and time again last year, the All-American notched the game’s only goal, which came in the 21st minute. Having beaten a couple of defenders with some fancy footwork in
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midfield, she scored a highlight-reel goal, blasting a left-footed strike from 25 yards that curled into the top corner past Engineers freshman goalie Lauren Ullman, drawing a raucous applause from the home fans. Although Brandeis outshot MIT in the first half, MIT turned up the heat after the break, outshooting Brandeis 11-2. It took all Savuto had to not concede a goal, making seven saves and enduring a barrage of shots in the second half. However, that statistic was slightly misleading, as most of these shots came in the beginning of the second half. Brandeis held MIT to just two shots in the final 18 minutes of the game. Having played their first two games at home, Brandeis is away for its next game. The Judges will travel to Lasell College Saturday, and will host opponents Bridgewater State University on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Bates College Sunday, Sept. 15. — Henry Loughlin contributed reporting
Connecticut competition sees women defeat Worcester State MSOCCER: Men
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CAREFUL CONTROL: Left back Ben Applefield ’14, seen here in action against Case Western Reserve University on Oct. 6, 2012, has started the season well for his team.
■ Despite losing to Western
Connecticut State, the team posted wins against a fellow Massachusetts opponent. By ADAM RABINOWITZ JUSTICE EDITOR
The Judges were on the brink of defeat in their first match on Saturday at the Western Connecticut State University Invitational. WCSU took the first set by a 25-20 margin while Brandeis evened the score with a 2517 victory in the second set. The hosts pulled ahead with a decisive 25-16 win in the third set and, from there, looked to clinch the overall match. Brandeis, however, had other plans. The squad rallied to secure a 27-25 victory in the fourth set and force a tiebreaker. While WSCU eventually fended off a furious comeback by the Judges in the final set, prevailing in a 16-14 tiebreak, setter Yael Einhorn ’14 noted it was one of the most frenetic and fast-paced matches she had ever played in. “Even though the record shows that we lost the game, it was one of the most fun and intense games I have ever played in in my Brandeis career,” she said. “Volleyball is all about forgetting mistakes and moving on to the next point. Unfortunately the game did not end in our favor, but we were able to forget about
it, look at all the positives from that game and apply it to the next one.” Outside hitter Liz Hood ’15 led the offensive charge with 12 kills. Libero Elsie Bernaiche ’15 and outside hitter Si-Si Hensley ’14 took care of business on the defensive end, tallying 24 and 13 digs respectively. Einhorn, meanwhile, contributed to the Judges’ winning efforts with 37 assists and 17 digs. Meanwhile, the positives from that game were quite apparent in the squad’s final match of the weekend against Worcester State University. The Judges managed to secure 25-20 and 25-21 victories respectively in the first two sets. While WSU then claimed the third set by a 25-19 margin, Brandeis ensured that a fifth set would not be needed, notching a 2515 win. Hood led the squad once again with 15 kills and even tallied a career-high 23 digs in the game. Bernaiche tallied 28 digs while Einhorn as well as outside hitter Shemira Pennyman ’15 recorded 30 and 12 assists respectively. Hood and Einhorn secured alltournament honors for their performance on the court. Einhorn also stated, though, that she was incredibly proud of her squad’s efforts, citing its cohesion and persistence over the course of the weekend. “We were able to stay positive and supportive of each other throughout the entire weekend whether we were
ahead or behind which is something our team has had trouble with in past seasons,” she said. That support and camaraderie helped the Judges to notch a 3-0 sweep of WSU in their first official match of the 2013 season on Friday. Brandeis limited WSU to 15 points apiece in the first two sets before securing a 25-22 victory in the third set to seal the match. Hood headed the charge with 13 kills while Bernaiche recorded 13 digs. Einhorn, meanwhile, turned in her first double of the season, tallying 32 assists and 10 digs. Rookie right side hitter Jessica Kaufman ’17 recorded a notable seven kills in her collegiate debut. The Judges will try to build on this momentum in their first series of home matches as a part of the annual Brandeis Invitational. The squad will square off against opponents Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, Tufts University and the Coast Guard Academy. While the women certainly look to improve over the course of the season, Einhorn expects the Judges to succeed if they can maintain and exhibit the intensityl and dedication from this weekend. “I cannot ask for much more from my teammates because I would be extremely proud of my team if we show the same intensity next weekend in the Brandeis Invitational and every other game that follows after that,” she said.
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“What’s great is that our new players can give some of our starting 11 players rest when they need it,” he continued. “That should be beneficial to us as a team. We’ll see exactly what kind of impact that will have as the season goes on, but I think it will help us out.” The schedule, which Coven called “one of the toughest Division III schedules in New England” doesn’t get any easier for the Judges. Brandeis’ next two games feature teams that, like the Judges, qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament last year. First, Brandeis will take on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tomorrow night at 7 p.m in their home opener. The Engineers are a quality team—last year, they gave the Judges a big scare, tying the game late in regulation, before Brandeis prevailed 4-3 in overtime thanks to
a free kick from forward Lee Russo ’13, who scored a hat-trick that day. Additionally, the Judges will take on local rival Babson College on Saturday at 7 p.m., a game which Coven’s team won at home last year in double-overtime from a goal from Ocel, which ended a three-game losing streak against the Beavers. And, having graduated threetime All-American forward Eric Anderson this spring, defending against Babson will hopefully become easier for the Brandeis back line, as Anderson scored seven times against the Judges. Though Coven would have liked to see his team dominate their first two games, he isn’t complaining about their outcome. “Two wins are two wins,” he said. “A good start to the season.” — Henry Loughlin contributed reporting
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JUDGES BY THE NUMBERS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
MEN’S SOCCER UAA STANDINGS
TEAM STATS Goals
2013-2014 Statistics UAA Conf. W L D JUDGES 0 0 0 Carnegie 0 0 0 Emory 0 0 0 NYU 0 0 0 Rochester 0 0 0 WashU 0 0 0 Case 0 0 0 Chicago 0 0 0
Overall W L D Pct. 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2 .000 0 0 0 .000
Michael Soboff ’13 leads the team with two goals. Player Goals Michael Soboff 2 Sam Ocel 1 Kyle Feather 1 Tyler Savonen 1
Assists Three players lead the team with one assist apiece. Player Assists Ben Applefield 1 Sam Ocel 1 Michael Soboff 1
UPCOMING GAMES: Tomorrow vs. MIT Saturday vs. Babson Wed., Sept. 10, at 4 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER UAA STANDINGS
FINAL TEAM STATS
UAA Conf. W L D JUDGES 0 0 0 WashU 0 0 0 Carnegie 0 0 0 Chicago 0 0 0 Emory 0 0 0 NYU 0 0 0 Rochester 0 0 0 Case 0 0 0
Overall W L D Pct. 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 .000 1 1 0 .000
UPCOMING GAMES: Saturday at Lasell Tues., Sept. 10 vs. Bridgewater Sun., Sept. 15 vs. Bates
Dara Spital ’15 leads the team with three goals. Player Goals Dara Spital 3 Holly Szafran 2 Sapir Edalati 1 Cidney Moskovitch 1
Assists Holly Szafran ’16 leads the team with two assists. Player Assists Holly Szafran 2 Sapir Edalati 1 Dara Spital 1
VOLLEYBALL UAA STANDINGS
FINAL TEAM STATS
UAA Conf. W L WashU 0 0 Emory 0 0 NYU 0 0 Carnegie 0 0 Chicago 0 0 JUDGES 0 0 Case 0 0 Rochester 0 0
W 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Overall L Pct. 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 1.000 1 .500
UPCOMING GAMES: Friday vs. Wesleyan Friday vs. Wellesley Saturday vs. Tufts
Liz Hood ’15 leads the team in kills with 40. Player Kills Liz Hood 40 Carly Gutner-Davis 20 Jessica Kaufman 17 two tied with 16
Digs Elsie Bernaiche ’15 leads the team in digs with 65. Player Digs Elsie Bernaiche 65 Liz Hood 36 Yael Einhorn 36 Si-Si Hensley 20
CROSS COUNTRY Results from weekend meets in Maine (women) and Boston (men).
TOP FINISHERS (Men’s)
TOP FINISHERS (Women’s)
RUNNER TIME Ed Colvin 16:04.0 Jarret Harrigan 16:16.0 Daniel Leon 17:04.0 Jarret Harrigan 17:06.0
RUNNER TIME Victoria Sanford 16:42.0 Maddie Dolins 16:43.0 Kelsey Whitaker 16:43.0 Amelia Lundkvist 16:43.0
UPCOMING EVENTS: Sat., Sept. 21 Shriners Invitational at UMass Dartmouth Sat., Oct. 5 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Saratoga Invitational
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RISING TO THE TOP: Setter Yael Einhorn ’14 (left) represented the U.S. with former teammate, middle blocker Becca Fischer ’13.
Players make most of great opportunity ■ Setter Yael Einhorn ’14 and middle blocker Becca Fisher ’13 played at the Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel. By AVI GOLD JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
Once every four years, athletes join together on an international stage to display their skills and showcase their country’s colors. In addition to the Olympics, though, there are the Maccabiah Games, which are held once every four years in Israel and feature some of the top Jewish athletes from more than 30 countries. This past summer, Brandeis sent two of its top volleyball players, Becca Fischer ’13 and current co-captain Yael Einhorn ’14, to the 19th Maccabiah Games to compete for the United States, display their national pride and even dominate a few volleyball matches along the way. Einhorn reflected that her most memorable moment at the games was the opening ceremony. “It’s a huge area, all the seats are
filled with parents and athletes,” she said. “You walk around; it’s amazing. We’re like stars over there.” The feeling at the games extended to life around the volleyball court as well as on it. “Being a Division III athlete, I still think that Division I is a whole other world,” explained Einhorn, “so that was cool for me, being able to compare myself with them.” The U.S. team, squaring off against athletes from Chile, Brazil, Ukraine and host Israel, stormed out to a 3-0 win over Chile in their opener before suffering defeats at the hands of Israel, Ukraine and Brazil. While Team USA dropped the third place match against Brazil, they still statistically rested at the top of the pack. Unlike most of the other teams, who used professional players, Team USA was composed mainly of collegiate athletes. While the final standings may reflect the disparity, the reality of the situation was much closer. Team USA scored 252 points for the tournament, less than 50 points behind tournament leader Ukraine and gave up 272 points against, a figure that was lower than both Brazil’s and Chile’s teams.
“Unlike other teams who have played together for a long time, we’re just meeting with a week to practice.” said Einhorn. “It’s tough, you can’t expect too much, but there’s a fun aspect, meeting new people and new athletes.” For Fischer, the tournament was more of a last hurrah than anything else, and in the end, she was more than happy to go along for the ride. “The Maccabiah Games were my way of getting one last chance to play volleyball at a highly competitive level,” she said. Fischer, who spent four years as a member of the Judges and is set to begin law school this fall, has used volleyball as a way to shape her life. “It was one more opportunity to play a sport that has been an extremely large part of my life for the last eight years,” she explained. “Volleyball helped shape my high school and college years, so having this opportunity to play overseas right before starting law school is one that I’m extremely thankful for.” At the end of it all, Einhorn, Fischer and the rest of Team USA had plenty of memories from their time at the 19th Maccabiah Games.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER Liverpool defeats bitter rivals Manchester United to continue perfect start to Premier League season Games between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees arguably represent the biggest sporting rivalry in the United States. Yet, there are also matches between two English soccer teams that may be even more intense and passionate. Unlike the Red Sox and Yankees, who play each other 15 times this season, Liverpool and Manchester United do battle twice a year in the English Premier League, making each meeting incredibly significant. On Sunday morning, hosts Liverpool downed their archrivals, United, 1-0 at Anfield thanks to an early goal from striker Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, scored his fifth goal of the season, preserving the Reds’ undefeated mark in the Premier League. Liverpool-United games have a ten-
dency to feature late drama, while the early stages are traditionally known for being cautious in nature. However, that proved not to be the case this time, as the hosts went ahead in the fourth minute. Sturridge had a shot deflected to safety, resulting in a corner kick. From the corner, captain Steven Gerrard sent a ball in, which was headed on by central defender Daniel Agger. Agger’s header—while goalbound— looked like it would be cleared by the United defense. Yet Liverpool was not to be denied, as Sturridge nodded the ball into the net from three yards, sending Anfield into raptures. As expected, David Moyes’ side responded, and almost equalized moments later. United striker Robin van Persie, who was top scorer in the Premier League last year, hooked a bicy-
cle kick over the bar. Liverpool came roaring back, as midfielder Philippe Coutinho saw his shot from 25 yards go wide of the post. Liverpool dominated the midfield battle, with Iago Aspas, Coutinho, Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva out-pacing United counterparts Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverly, Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young. The visitors attempted to rally, especially as striker Danny Welbeck was brilliantly denied by Liverpool right back Glen Johnson. The Reds, meanwhile, went close through Gerrard’s 25-yard free kick, which was stopped by United goalkeeper David De Gea. Having been second-best in the first half, United came out of the dressing room with renewed vigor, and Young almost scored in the 52nd minute. Yet
Liverpool survived, as the effort was blocked by the impressive Johnson. In the 77th minute, United midfielder Nani sent a hard shot on net, which was well-saved by the Reds’ goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. With three minutes left, United missed a big chance. United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who had come off the bench, played the ball to van Persie, whose strong run down the right flank put him clear of the Liverpool defense. Liverpool feared the worst, as the Dutchman—who scored against Liverpool twice last season—is traditionally deadly when close to the net. However, he wasn’t as lucky this time, as he shot the effort wide of the near post. Liverpool almost grabbed a second goal in stoppage time, as left winger
Raheem Sterling fizzed a drive toward the top corner that De Gea tipped over the bar. From there, Liverpool kept hold of the ball, and the final whistle sounded to a huge celebration from the home crowd. “I think we’ve been working hard as a team since the start of the season,” said Sturridge after the game. Liverpool (3-0-0) and United (1-1-1) are in very different situations than this time last year—United won the Premier League, while the Reds took six games to record their first win on their way to seventh place. Though it is still very early in the season and the teams’ fortunes could very well change, it has to be said that this Liverpool win over United could be a sign of good things to come. — Henry Loughlin
WOMEN SHINE IN SUMMER GAMES Yael Einhorn ’14 and Becca Fischer ’13 participated in the quadrennial Maccabiah Games hosted in Israel, p. 15.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
THREADING THE NEEDLE
Men start year in style with victories at Keene tourney ■ While neither game was
Brandeis’ best performance, Mike Coven’s team found ways to win against Keene State University and Rowan University to begin the year. By ELAN KANE JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The soccer team won both of their matches this past weekend at the Xara Classic tournament in New Hampshire, defeating Keene State University 3-2 Saturday, followed by a 2-1 victory over Rowan University on Sunday. With the two wins, the Judges started off strong with a perfect 2-0 mark on the season. Midfielder Kyle Feather ’14 and forward Michael Soboff ’15 were named to the all-tournament team following the Judges’ triumph over Rowan. “We grinded out the wins,” said coach Michael Coven, whose team improved to 2-0-0 on the season. “That’s probably the most positive thing about the weekend. We played with a lot of fortitude and heart, and that is really what Brandeis soccer is all about.” In Sunday’s contest, the Judges got on the board in the 20th minute when Soboff—who is playing his first season for Brandeis after transferring from the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey e—scored off of a deflection by the goalkeeper. Brandeis would take the lead into halftime, holding Rowan University to zero shots on goal during the first 45 minutes of the game. Soboff’s impact on the team has not been lost on Coven. “He is a terrific player,” said Coven. “I didn’t realize how good he was. He has been sort of hurt. A separated shoulder ended his career at Rutgers, and he wasn’t allowed to start training until the beginning of August, so he’s still figuring things out in that respect. I think he and [All-American forward] Sam [Ocel ’13] will work very well together leading our offense this year. He can finish. He can distribute. He is a very, very good player.” Coven also hailed the impact of new forward Evan Jastremski ’17, the Judges’ third striker in their attack-minded 4-3-3 formation. “(He) has great speed, good in the air and he can finish well,”
said Coven of Jastremski. The second half saw much of the same defensive pressure from the Judges as Rowan University only managed two shots on goal. With three minutes, 46 seconds remaining, Ocel set up Feather for the insurance goal to stretch the lead to 2-0, seemingly putting the game to bed. However, the goal proved to be quite pivotal, as Rowan answered with a goal of its own less than a minute later. However, despite the late scare from the Profs, the Judges held onto to secure the vital victory. The game was also quite physical, epitomized by the fact that Brandeis and Rowan picked up 11 and 20 fouls, respectively. Saturday’s match, though, saw the Judges win in comeback fashion for the fifth time since the start of the 2012 season. Against the run of play, Keene State took the lead in the 16th minute when junior forward Michael Jacques scored following a give-and-go. However, the Judges weren’t to be denied, and quickly responded with a goal of their own in the 21st minute as Feather scored off a cross from left back Ben Applefield ’14. In the 34th minute, Soboff swung in a cross toward Ocel, who then scored to give the Judges a 2-1 lead heading into the half. While the Judges had grabbed the upper hand the scoring hadn’t ended just yet. In the 69th minute, Keene State sophomore forward Eric Dietz tied the game, putting the ball home off a pass from senior forward Scott Douglas, giving the home fans optimism that their team could pull out a win in a game that had looked to be done and dusted. With the game tied at two goals apiece, the Judges looked to respond with the telling contribution. They did, sealing the win with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. As he did so many times last year, Ocel played a part in the decisive sequence, as he fed Soboff, who made no mistake in putting the ball home to score his first collegiate goal. “One of our problems last year was that we didn’t have a lot of depth. Beyond our 12th or 13th man, we weren’t super consistent. This year, we’re pretty deep. We have a lot of good young guys that have come in and done well.
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CLOSE COMPETITION: Defender Jessica Morana ’17 dribbles by two players during the Judges’ 6-0 victory over Clark on Sunday.
Women begin campaign with shutout home wins ■ Forward Dara Spital ’15
scored a memorable goal on Friday and added two more tallies in Sunday’s game. By BEN FREUDMAN JUSTICE STAFF WRITER
The Brandeis University women’s soccer team performed well in both of its games this weekend. Ranked No. 12 nationally in women’s NCAA Division III programs, according to the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches’ Association of America’s preseason rankings, the Brandeis Judges proved that they can defeat challenging opponents and handle weaker ones. After defeating No. 15 Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology in a close encounter on Friday night, the Judges kept their good fortune going on Sunday, downing Clark University to improve to 2-0 on the young season. In its second game on Sept. 1, Brandeis thrashed the Cougars in a 6-0 rout. There were many moments in the match that featured quality play, which was perhaps epitomized by two-goal games from forwards Holly Szafran ’16 and Dara Spital ’15. Additionally, Szafran dished out two assists, and she led the team with six points on the day. Brandeis sat most of its starters after the first half, including goalkeeper Michelle Savuto ’15, who didn’t have much to do as a result of the majority of pressure being in the
Judges’ attacking half. And when the Cougars were able to get forward, they found themselves continually frustrated by Brandeis’ superior defense, which allowed just one shot from the visitors. However, that shot was not on goal. Undoubtedly, Brandeis allowing just one shot is the most impressive statistic generated by this top-quality performance. However, there are some more statistics that will have made coach Denise Dallamora quite pleased with her team: Brandeis launched 29 shots by 15 different players, which gives a clear indication that the team possesses talent in its reserves as well as its starting lineup. Additionally, the team put togeth-
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Colvin and Sanford lead the pack in squad’s opening meets ■ The women’s squad beat
the University of Southern Maine, while the men won a seven-team meet in Boston. By JULIAN CARDILLO JUSTICE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Brandeis cross country teams raced out to strong starts over the weekend, including a record-breaking performance from Ed Colvin ’14 in the Fens Classic at Emmanuel College on
Sunday. The women also bested the University of Southern Maine on Friday in their first meet of the year. Colvin’s time of 16 minutes, four seconds in the five-kilometer race was a new course record. His teammate, Jarret Harrigan ’15, finished 12 seconds behind him for a second place finish. The Fens Classic wasn’t easily navigable, however. Colvin said he lost his way by the end of the race, set in the Fenway area of Boston. “I had to stop and ask where to go,” continued Colvin. “I turned around and asked Harrigan, who was just few seconds behind
me. We were far ahead of the rest of the other competitors at that point so we just took it easy after that.” Two more Brandeis runners finished in the top 10 of the event, comprised of 63 competitors from eight different schools. Daniel Leon ’17 and Matt Doran ’17 came in ninth and 10th place, respectively, finishing one second apart at 17:04 and 17:05. Michael Rosenbach ’15 finished 14th at 17:16 while Liban Aden ’16 was the 36th athlete to cross the finish line at 18:04. The Judges’ performance resulted in 36 points, putting them first.
“We’re a young team, a small team too,” said Colvin. “It’s good for us to have something to build from. We have three weeks before our next meet.” Meanwhile, women’s co-captain Victoria Sanford ’14 finished first in a tempo-paced four-kilometer race with a time of 16:42 at Southern Maine to lead the Judges to a 43-20 win over the Huskies. Three Judges crossed the finish line right after Sanford—Maddie Dolins ’17, Kelsey Whitaker ’16, and co-captain Amelia Lundkvist ’14, all of whom finished in 16:43. Sanford, Dollins, and their team-
mates had less trouble navigating their course. According to Sanford, the course is the same one that will be used for the New England Division III Regionals, the qualifier for the NCAA Division III Nationals, in November. “The course is really cool,” she said. “It consists of three loops, which are [individually] about 1.3 kilometers. It is nice to be familiar [with] the course we’re going to run at regionals.” The men’s and women’s cross country teams will next compete on Sept. 21, running at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
JustArts Volume LXVI, Number 2
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Your weekly guide to arts, movies, music and everything cultural at Brandeis and beyond
Boston ConcertTake a study break with Previewthese upcoming concerts P. 19
In this issue:
‘The World’s End’
Review of unexpected movie P. 23
Rose Art Museum
Theater Company set to impress P. 19
Art for Curious Minds New students explore on campus P. 20
Fall exhibits opening this month P. 20
Boston Arts Festival P. 21
Boston Calling Festival Music event preview P. 18 and P. 23
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What’s happening in Arts on and off campus this week
ON-CAMPUS EVENTS All Arts Welcoming Party
Do you like art? Make art? Watch art? Join the Office of the Arts, the Department of Student Activities and the Undergraduate Theater Collective as we celebrate all things art at Brandeis. There will be food, performances, and of course, art. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Arts, Student Activities and the Undergraduate Theater Collective. Come mingle with fellow arts lovers and get informed about arts opportunities at Brandeis. Today from 4 to 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Spingold Theater Center. This event is free and open to the Brandeis community.
Explore Boston Day
Brian Appel Boston Calling festival founder talks music Photo Courtesy of Brian Appel
The following is an interview with Boston Calling music festival co-founder Brian Appel. Appel previously worked for Boston radio station WFNX and created Boston Calling with his friend and collegue Mike Snow last May. JustArts: What was your vision when you began developing this festival, and how close is the final product to your original vision? Brian Appel: Our original vision is very close to the final product and I think it will be fully realized this weekend. We wanted a festival of 20,000 to 25,000 people in the middle of downtown Boston that is accessible to lots of different people from lots of different areas. We also wanted to set it up in a way that gave people easy access to food, drink and the stages. Finally, we wanted a festival where people can leave and enter as they want. Boston Calling is designed to not be too much of an addition to people’s regular lives, but instead be a quick escape or getaway from everyday life. JA: Any other specific goals you had or charity initiatives you are paired with? BA: We paired with [Boston Children’s Hospital], so proceeds from everything sold will go to their music therapy program. Our goal for [the] first year is to create this set up where we are doing two festivals a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. We also wanted to get th the city comfortable with how we are doing it and maintaining a festival and then get people from the surrounding areas involved. We knew we wanted to partner with a charity from the beginning. JA: Why you did you set it up as a Spring and Fall festival, whereas most festivals are an annual occurrence? BA: We don’t have the space like some of the larger festivals to put 70-80,000 people somewhere and have a bunch of stages. We thought that if we booked the lineups right we would be able to attract enough people to make these festivals worthwhile. Boston also has a very transitive population with all the colleges in the area. We’re catering to the mobile population of Boston and the college students. Given our size and the time of year we thought we would be able to sustain it better with two a year. JA: What do you have planned for the future and what do you want the festival to become? BA: We think the size and setup of the festival is perfect right now. We aren’t really looking to change the number of festivals per year, either. Right now, we want to expand what we are doing during the week of the festival. We want to have events and programs leading up to the show that embrace the Boston community and draw them into the experience. We’re going to stick with two a year, and just try to improve that week leading up to it and the overall experience. JA: Why did you choose Boston for the festival? Do you feel like this setup could work in any city, or is it tailored to Boston? BA: My business partner Mike Snow and I came from the Phoenix and WFNX respectively. The Phoenix is a publication that is very in touch with the local music scene and WFNX is a radio station that for years really helped up and coming bands survive. WFNX was never afraid to play local bands on the radio. JA: How did the process to arrange the fall festival differ from how you arranged the spring festival? BA: With May under our belt we thought we would be able to just use that as a template and do it much smoother in September, and that’s true for some things. In reality though, we ended up changing an awful lot since May, mostly about how the festival grounds are laid out. One of the biggest things we heard as feedback from May is that our second stage was tougher to get in front of, hear and see. We made it closer to see and easier to hear the artists, and made it much easier to access for everybody. — Douglas Levine
Let Student Activities help you learn about Boston using the Brandeis shuttle. Take this opportunity to visit local attractions, such as the New England Aquarium and Museum of Science (discounted tickets to the Aquarium, Museum of Science and Duck Tours will be available for purchase when you get on the bus during the first few shuttle runs). Shuttles leave from the Usdan shuttle stop beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Shutles into Boston leave from Usdan Student Center. Shuttles are free to students. This event is sponsored by Student Events.
Department of Theater Arts: ‘Tick Tick... Boom!’ (Senior Show)
Senior Project for Jackie Theoharis. Tick, Tick... Boom! is a musical written by American composer Jonathan Larson, who won a Pulitzer and two Tony Awards for his musical Rent. Tick Tick... Boom! tells the story of an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York City in 1990. Jon is worried he has made the wrong career choice to be part of the performing arts. Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center. This event is Sponsored by the Theater Arts department. Admission is free.
Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered
The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century, containing the oldest known texts of the Bible, as well as writings that have revolutionized our understanding of the Western religious past. Now, some of these scrolls, along with more than 600 other precious artifacts from ancient Israel, are on display through Oct. 20 at the Museum of Science in Boston. Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Mandel Center for the Humanities Forum. Tickets available at http://alumniconnections.com: General Public: $40; Alumni: $35; BNC: $35; BOLLI: $20; Staff and Students (with ID): Free. Sponsored by Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Student Events film Sseries: ‘Man of Steel’
It’s a bird! it’s a plane! �No, it’s the Student Events film series kickoff! Come join us under the stars to watch Man of Steel while you get all cozied up on some blankets. Forget that large pile of Sociology homework saved on your computer as you munch on free food and watch amazing special effects. Sept. 13, 14 and 15 from 8 to 11 p.m. on Chapel’s Field. This event is free and open to Brandeis students.
OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS Boston Calling music festival
The two-day annual festival is known for its lively performances and energetic crowd. This year, performers include fun., The Shins, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Local Native, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Gaslight Anthem, Wolfgang Gartner, Solange, Flosstradamus and Lucius. Kendrick Lamar, who performed at Brandeis last spring, will also perform. Other than music, Boston Calling has also partnered with Vans to give away 100 pairs of Vans sneakers and backpacks to attendants. Saturday and Sunday at the City Hall
Plaza in Boston. Doors open at noon and music ends at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per day or $130 for the weekend.
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
“She Who Tells a Story” challenges perceptions of the Middle Eastern identity by introducing the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Thse women include: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat and Newsha Tavakolian. On view through Jan 12 in the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Admission ranges from $0-$25. ‘TRIBES’ New England Premiere This off-Broadway drama is written by Nina Raines and directed by M. Bevin O’Gara. Born deaf into a garrulous academic family, Billy was pushed to assimilate into the hearing world as best he could by reading lips and staying out of the way. But when a young woman introduces him to the deaf community, Billy decides it is time his family learns to communicate with him on his terms. Begins Sept. 13 and shows through Oct. 12 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $25-$55, available at http://bostontheaterscene.com.
Michael Bublé at TD Garden
Grammy Award-winner Michael Bublé is coming to TD Garden for one night only. Touring in support of his new selling release, “To Be Loved,” Michael Bublé has been called “one of the most likeable performers on Earth.” His previous Crazy Love Tour sold out in 80 U.S. cities and was seen by over two million fans worldwide. Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. at TD Garden, Boston. Tickets range from $76-$133 and are available at icketmaster.com.
POP CULTURE ww again, my fellow pop culture Hello connoisseurs! I hope everyone had a great (albeit short) first week of classes. Is anyone surprised that there is more news from the Kardashian Korner? This time, though, it’s no fluff story about what kind of dress one of the sisters wore or about Kim K’s postbaby body. Rumors have been swirling for a while now that trouble in paradise lurks for Khloe Kardashian-Odom and her husband, NBA player Lamar Odom. Earlier in July, numerous tabloids reported that Lamar, 33, cheated on Khloe, 29, with a woman he met at a Washington, D.C. strip club in January 2012. Adding to the scandal, TMZ reported last week that Odom has been struggling with drug abuse problems. Its anonymous sources divulged that Odom’s drug abuse goes back a couple years, and Khloe has reportedly urged Lamar to undergo treatment at a rehab facility in the past. Coupled with the reports of Lamar’s drug abuse, the free-agent basketball player was pulled over in California early Friday morning and subsequently arrested with a DUI charge. Apparently, he was released on $15,000 bail and his driver’s license was suspended for a year. I hope that Odom can get the right help and that the couple can endure these recent hardships. This unfortunate news almost makes you miss the incessant reporting of the sisters’ wardrobe choices, right? OK, well maybe that’s a stretch. Revelations of another Hollywood couple’s marital issues arose this week, as news of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ trial separation surfaced on Wednesday. The two, who have been married for 13 years, have not been photographed together since late April, according to People magazine. The couple has had its share of struggles–Douglas, 68, publicly battled throat cancer in 2010, and Zeta-Jones, 43, recently completed treatment for Bipolar II disorder. They have two children together, and
By Mara Sassoon
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SLAM DUNK: Basketball player Lamar Odom has faced recent drug and marital issues. although the couple is now taking time apart, neither party has reportedly taken any further steps toward filing for divorce. Alas, there is still the possibility that Douglas and Zeta-Jones can— and hopefully will—make it work. This week in pop culture also included the birth of Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie’s first child, a son named Axl Jack Duhamel. Fergie and her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, who married back in January 2009, welcomed little Axl on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. It seems that the singer—who was just granted a legal name change to Fergie Duhamel
(she was born Stacy Ann Ferguson)— has a thing for interesting names. All in all, however, you know this was a rather slow pop culture week when Suri Cruise breaking her arm was one of the big stories across media outlets. The cause of the seven-yearold’s injury is unknown, according to People. Some might say that buzzing about the injury of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ young daughter is kind of a stretched attempt to fill the void of juicy celebrity gossip. Then again, maybe this little nugget of information has somehow made your day feel more complete.
ARTS COVER PHOTOS: Creative Commons, The Andy Warhol Foundation For The VIisual Arts/Artists Rights Society New York, Rachel Hughes/the Justice and Focus Features/MCT, DESIGN: Josh Horowitz/the Justice.
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BTC to present six performances this year By EMILY WISHINGRAD JUSTICE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Every year the Brandeis Theater Company, run by the Department of Theater Arts, puts on a diverse mix of plays in the Spingold Theater Center. Undergraduates, graduate MFA students and even faculty and staff take part in creating masterpieces for the Brandeis community and beyond to enjoy. The Seagull will be the first play of the year, directed by Shira Milikowsky, an award-winning director. The play examines one of the most popular themes, love, in a unique way. The Seagull, an autobiographical work written by Anton Checkhov, is about the events that occur when family and friends gather at the estate of
a sickly character, Sorin, in order to view a play put on by Sorin’s nephew, Konstantin. When unexpected visitors arrive, the play takes a spin as the newcomers change the lives of everyone they encounter. The Seagull will run from Oct. 3 through Oct. 12 in the Laurie Theater of Spingold. In its second show of the year, the Brandeis Theater Company will put on a beloved musical, Cabaret, written by Christopher Isherwood and directed by Steven Bogart, who directs many performances in the Boston area. In the play, Clifford Bradshaw falls in love with the decadence of a jazz club and one of its singers, Sally Bowles. This masterpiece looks at the tension between reality and fantasy as the characters try to reconcile the harsh reality of Berlin in the 1930s, the
dream world of the Kit Kat Klub and Bowles and Bradshaw’s romance. A thought-provoking piece, Cabaret is definitely not a show to miss when it comes to the main stage of Spingold Theater from Nov. 21 through Nov. 24. The third performance was created in 2002 by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks who set out to write a short play every day for a year. Parks accomplished this seemingly unfeasible task and Brandeis will be performing her play, 365 Days/365 Plays. 365 mini plays, most of them less than a page long, are tied together in one performance. Subject matter spans from deities to soldiers to things Parks saw outside her airplane window seat. The performance will take place in Merrick Theater in Spingold from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8.
The canonical play A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, will come to Brandeis at the beginning of February. It is directed by Prof. Janet Morrison (THA). The play examines themes of love, family and sacrifice as it follows the story of Eddie Carbone through his struggles to protect his family and do the right thing—or at least what he thinks is the right thing—in an unexpected turn of events. A View from the Bridge will run from Feb. 6 through Feb. 9 in Spingold’s Laurie Theater. Going on its third year, Brandeis will be holding its Senior Thesis Festival this spring. The festival gives graduating students in the Theater Arts the opportunity to show off their original productions under the guidance of faculty such as Prof. Jennifer Cleary (THA) and Prof. Adrianne Krstan-
sky (THA). This year the festival includes works by seniors Lizzy Benway, Jason Dick, Grace Fosler, Justy Kosek, Emma Lieberman and Levi Squier. The Senior Festival will run from March 18 through March 23 in Laurie Theater. In the Brandeis Theater Company’s final performance of the year, 10 by 10: A Theatrical Celebration, 10 third-year MFA acting students will each present an original solo piece. Under the direction of Prof. Mary Lowry (THA), students will get a chance to highlight their own personal styles, as they get ready for the next step in their acting careers. This rite of passage is divided into two days and will take place in Spingold’s Merrick Theater from April 26 through April 27.
Boston anticipates diverse music lineup over the next few months Raleigh News & Observer/MCT
Toby Keith September 21 Creative Commons
By JESSIE MILLER JUSTICE EDITOR
Though we may have our own fall concert and SpringFest right here on campus, Brandeis students can easily take advantage of all the amazing concerts that happen in the Boston area. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best concerts coming our way this season.
Country singer Toby Keith, known for hits such as “Beer for My Horses,” “American Soldier” and “As Good As I Once Was,” is a country music staple. His show will take place at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass. Keith is also working on his 17th album, entitled Drinks After Work, and has released its first single of the same name.
Grouplove September 22 This indie band, formed in 2009, will perform at The Sinclair in Cambridge just after their newest album debuts on Sept. 17. The album, entitled Spreading Rumours, will be their third release and the single “Ways to Go” is already available. The band has previously toured with groups such as Foster the People and Two Door Cinema Club and has played at many music festivals, including Coachella and Bonnaroo.
MixFest 2013 September 14 Sponsored by the popular radio station Mix 104.1, the festival will feature Of Monsters And Men, the Backstreet Boys and Gavin Degraw at the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell overlooking the Charles River. The best part: The concert is entirely free! Gates open at 1 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m.
Macklemore & Drake October 30 Ryan Lewis November 8 Rapper Drake has come a long way, from starring on Degrassi in the early 2000s to signing with Lil Wayne’s label Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Drake holds more # 1 singles (12) on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs Chart than any other artist, and has won one Grammy award and six BET awards. Drake is scheduled to perform at the TD Garden in support of his third album, Nothing Was The Same, being released on Sept. 24.
Sara Bareilles October 6 Since her hit single “Love Song” went viral in 2007, Bareilles has proved her expertise as an artist—even performing for the first family and their guests on several occasions. While in Boston, Bareilles will perform at the Orpheum Theatre as part of an 18-city tour to promote her new album The Blessed Unrest. The album was released on July 13 and includes the hit single “Brave.” Creative Commons
You may have caught this famous duo when they played at several Boston-area colleges this past spring, but if not, their Fall World Tour is making a stop at the TD Garden. They released their debut album The Heist in 2012 and have become known for touching on controversial topics like gay marriage and materialism, in songs like “Wings” and “Same Love.” Other popular songs include “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “10,000 Hours.”
Beyoncé December 20 Justin Timberlake November 4 Queen B, who was included in Time magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 Most Influential People, comes to the TD Garden as part of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Known for her power ballads, creative alter ego Sasha Fierce and her mogul husband Jay Z, Beyoncé has created her own iconic image.
After an explosive summer performance with Jay Z at Fenway Park, Timberlake will return to Boston’s TD Garden this November. Part two of his last album, The 20/20 Experience, is being released on Sept. 30. The accompanying international tour—which starts off in Brazil on Sept. 15—will showcase the showmanship and performance flair that Timberlake is best known for. After all, he has won six Grammy awards and four Emmy awards.
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ROSE ART MUSEUM
Four new exhibits come to campus for fall opening IMAGE COURTESY OF GB AGENCY, PARIS, AND ARRATIA BEER, BERLIN
ON THE HORIZON: A still from artist Omer Fast’s 2011 film project 5000 Feet Is the Best, chronicling the aftermath of war.
By RACHEL HUGHES justice EDITOR
Ushering in a new year of artistic engagement on the Brandeis campus, the Rose Art Museum is reopening this month after its yearly summer closure. The Sept. 17 opening reception will mark the public unveiling of four new exhibits, each paying homage to the artistic and cultural history of both Brandeis and the Rose. These special fall exhibits will be displayed alongside the Rose’s permanent collection, which includes pieces from influential artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Founded in 1961 after a decade of effort at the then very young Brandeis, the Rose consistently exhibits contemporary pieces that facilitate a dialogue about social justice issues. The upcoming exhibits continue the Rose’s trend of
housing niche-inspired art, pieces that focus on both the tumult of the 1960s and the culture of Israel and the Middle East. From Andy Warhol’s photographs to film of Pakistani and Afghani war zones, from modern mixed-media works to abstract canvas work, visitors are in for an exciting season. Perhaps one of the most familiar exhibits to grace the Rose this fall will be a collection of photographs by the famous pop art pioneer Andy Warhol. Though Warhol is known largely for his drawings, prints, and later, his computer-generated pieces, the photographs that the artist took of celebrities who are long embedded in the popular American schema are some of his most statement-making pieces. The exhibit, entitled “Image Machine: Andy Warhol and Photography” will be staged in the Lois
Foster Gallery, and visitors can look forward to seeing images of style figures like Elizabeth Taylor, Cheryl Tiegs, Jackie Kennedy and Gianni Versace, as Warhol himself saw them. Moving into a richer discussion about revolutionary art and activism culture in the 1960s and 1970s, two more of the new exhibits will comment on the themes introduced by Warhol’s featured works. “Minimal and More: 60s and 70s Sculpture” from the Collection, a tribute to the Rose’s 1996 exhibition “More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the ‘70s,” will integrate the works of female artists Jackie Ferrara, Mary Miss and Jackie Winsor. “Minimal and More” places the women’s works among those of four of their male contemporaries who were all active artists in the 1960s: Carl Andre, Anthony Caro,
Donald Judd and Robert Morris. Visitors can find the works in the lower part of the Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery. But beyond exploring the dynamics of gender in creating art in the 60s and 70s, the politics of race and civil rights in the same era will also be presented to visitors through abstract paintings in “Light Years: Jack Whitten, 19711973.” This collection of neverbefore exhibited canvases by African-American artist Whitten is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New England. Visitors can find Whitten’s works in the upper section of the Fineberg Gallery. Reminiscent of last fall’s exhibit “100 Steps to the Mediterranean,” a mixed-media collection of works by Israeli artist Dor Guez, visitors can also look forward to a video work by Omer Fast among the Rose’s new exhibits. Fast’s 30-minute long
work, 5000 Feet is the Best, will be showing on loop in the Mildred S. Lee Gallery and facilitates a discussion about the distinctly 2000s issue of drone surveillance and warfare. This controversial work is inspired by a series of conversations that the artist shared with a former U.S. Air Force Predator drone operator and elaborates on the psychological aftermath of live-fire warfare in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Certainly, this fall marks the beginning of an exciting season for the Rose; the institution’s new exhibits dive headfirst into heated issues of culture and conflict in recent history with due audacity and confidence. Brandeis, mark your calendars for the evening of Sept. 17 and get ready to see the Rose’s finest—this fall’s is one season opening not to be missed.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS/ ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY, NEW YORK
LADY IN RED: Andy Warhol’s shot of actress Cheryl Tiegs.
IMAGE COURTESY OF ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK
PRETTY IN PINK: Abstract painter Jack Whitten’s Asa’s Palace, a work of acrylic on canvas.
First-years introduced to ‘Curious’ art on campus By EMILY WISHINGRAD justice EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
On Friday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater, students and faculty shared some insight into the visual, musical and theatrical arts programs on campus in an information session entitled “Art for Curious Minds.” There was an encouragingly large turnout for an event smack in the middle of the second day of classes. The information session was geared toward first-year students, and its title paid homage to the orientation theme, “Let Curiosity Take Hold,” a line from the Curious George series, written by a woman dedicated to the arts and a one-time Creative Writing professor at Brandeis, Margret Rey. Scott Edmiston, director of the
Office of the Arts, gave an inspiring introduction in which he pointed to the importance of the arts in social transformation and solving some of the most pressing problems in our world today. Edmiston also encouraged the new students to try new forms of art, some “beyond [their] imagining.” Sara Weininger ’13, an education assistant at the Rose Art Museum, led an interactive discussion about a Roy Lichtenstein piece in order to introduce new students to visual art analysis. The audience was very vocal and their conversation encompassed everything from color to figure, from composition to associations, as the meaning of the piece came into focus. Other representatives from various visual arts programs spoke about more of Brandeis’ initiatives
and opportunities. Some of these included student art loans from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection and an annual social event at the Rose, “SCRAM Jam,” put on by the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum. Deborah Rosenstein, the concert program manager, talked about the myriad of opportunities to get involved in music on campus for musicians and non-musicians alike. One such opportunity is the Brandeis concert series, where students can attend free concerts on campus that feature professional musicians from around the world throughout the year. The series starts this semester on Sept. 18 with a concert called “Music from China” as part of the MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series, one of the three programs within the
long-standing University MusicUnitesUS program. Rosenstein also discussed more long term opportunities for students to be involved in the Music department. Musical students were encouraged to join the BrandeisWellesley Orchestra, the University Chorus or one of the many smaller ensembles. Students who do not sing or play instruments are still encouraged to get involved by registering for introductory private lessons or ushering concerts as a part of the work-study program. The theater presentation provided, as expected, a creative and interactive experience. In a hands-on activity, the audience’s job was to direct a random audience member, whose eyes were closed, through a “minefield” composed of the audience’s belongings. Afterward, the
students engaged in a discussion about how the game demonstrated qualities such as working together, being a good listener and giving clear instructions—all important qualities to have while participating in theater. At the end of the presentation, Ingrid Schorr, the associate director of the Office of the Arts, who had spoken about the arts earlier in the event, encouraged every student to audition for a student-produced play, Cabaret. Auditions will be held on Sept. 15. “Art for Curious Minds” was a great introduction for first year students to the Arts programs on campus. The new students seemed largely very happy to have gone, and as I left the event, I heard lots of echoes of “I’m really glad I went to that” amongst the younger crowd.
THE JUSTICE | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
FESTIVAL PROUD ROOTS: The festival’s name was a playful nod to Bostonian accents.
SITTING DUCK: Rubber ducky art pieces play on the Boston Duck Tours.
RAISING FENCES: Interactive art pieces included fencelike murals painted by visitors.
Boston Arts Festival brightens weekend By RACHEL HUGHES JUSTICE EDITOR
While most of the city was sweltering throughout this weekend, flocking from one air-conditioned building to the next, many Bostonians took a break from the late summer heat to enjoy the Boston Arts Festival. Cleverly marketed as the Boston ähts Festival, a play on the distinctly Bostonian intonation of the word “arts,” the festival acknowledged and elaborated upon many of the regionalisms unique to Boston. Spanning Saturday and Sunday, the festival filled up Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park with joyful families and friends, young and old alike, all eager to experience the art— performances, visual and interactive pieces—that the city has to give. This weekend program sponsored by the city of Boston was indeed (as the festival program promised) a “celebration of the visual and performing arts,” but it also captured an experiential aspect of art. As I approached the waterfront from the Faneuil Hall shopping district, I could tell that I was entering a space that was made to stand out from the rest of the city. The art projects and presentations that were on display in the booths of artisan vendors were nestled between sizable interactive art pieces and outdoor installations, and as I approached the water, I saw festivalgoers flock together on the green in front of a large outdoor stage setup. Out of 54 visual and craft artist vendors, 15 musical performances, five temporary public art installations, eight interactive art programs and a firework show presented over the weekend, I must say that my favorite part of the festival was the tactile art— larger pieces that could be touched, played with and even changed by the viewer—the innovative installations, especially. As I approached the docks, I passed an idyllic, conceptual installation piece: Michele Auer’s “String Theory.” The piece was composed of a spiderweb system of cables, suspended more than 10 feet above the ground between three wooden, tree trunk-like supports, from which hung a cloud-like cluster of yellow string. The denselypacked strings varied in length so that in the middle of the piece, they hung down lowest to the ground and hung increasingly and uniformly higher toward the outside of the piece.
“String Theory” stood out from the greenery of the park, and its canary yellow string wisps blew through the wind, tugged by the hands of toddlers, children and babies carried by their parents. Auer’s piece embodied the beauty of interactive art: the more a viewer can relate to and experience a piece, the more dynamic the piece’s meaning becomes. And it doesn’t have to be an intellectually charged, introspective interaction. Rather, sometimes the most lasting impressions made by art are the simplest—ask any of those kids what their favorite part of the day was, and I’ll bet that even after seeing all the performers, sculptures, crafts and murals, they would still say, “pulling on the yellow strings.” Continuing my walk through the park, I neared the stage—a bare-bones metal construction that would remind Brandeisians of our school’s annual SpringFest concert—and moved into a crowd largely composed of adults. Indie music duo Dwight & Nicole, fronted by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson, were onstage, transitioning from one set to the next. As I moved into earshot, Nelson started speaking fondly of Boston, where she moved into her first apartment alone as a young adult. “So about your room… there aren’t any windows,” she repeated the words of her first landlord to the crowd. “But now the view’s pretty good. It’s awesome to be back in Boston,” she said sweetly. The two then started into a passionate, plucky song that reflected their blues influence, and the crowd mellowed into a state of contentment. Against a background of the setting sun and lapping water, the experience was enchanting. The most tactile and fun part of the festival, for me, was probably the last piece that I saw as I was leaving. At the edge of the park, two fence-like structures were set up on the last few feet of green. The plywood “fences” were covered with drying paint—splattered, smeared, stroked, stippled and dabbed. This visitor-created piece, the least-planned-out and most informal of the whole shebang, so simply communicated the festival’s message: art is something that can be created and experienced by everyone, that is accessible to everyone. Watching the festivalgoers gain such genuine enjoyment and excitement from each work of art was one of the most worthwhile ways to spend a day.
A WALK IN THE PARK: The festival took over the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park for the weekend, bursting with eager families and art enthusiasts.
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STRUNG OUT: Michele Auer’s “String Theory” was an interactive favorite with some of the younger festivalgoers.
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‘World’s End’ brings comedy in plot twists By jessie miller justice editor
Set in Newton Haven, England, The World’s End spins a classic tale of reliving one’s youth into a movie full of plot twists and unexpected surprises. The film follows Gary King (Simon Pegg) who, after 20 years, attempts to reunite his four best friends from high school and return to their hometown to finally complete the famous pub crawl they never finished in their youth. Gary seeks out each of his friends individually, convincing each one to join him on his adventure—though all are skeptical that their friend Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) will tag along after a mysterious “accident” they allude to in conversation. The World’s End is a hard movie to talk about without ruining its ultimate message—it reminded me of Cabin in the Woods, a horror movie released in April 2012. This is not your typical action movie: the five friends make a shocking, disturbing discovery upon returning to their hometown, while King remains adamant about completing the daunting pub crawl. Gary never grew out of high school, while Andy, Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), Oliver “O-Man” Chamberlain (Martin Freeman) and Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) have become mature adults with professional jobs and families. For example, Gary drives the same car, listens to an old mix tape and holds tightly onto old memories—all from high school. One of the first scenes
AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT: Five friends visit their hometown for the first time since high school and make interesting memories. of the production shows Gary at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and makes it clear that Gary struggles with many more issues in his life than just alcoholism. Reenacting the pub crawl is all he has left and Pegg portrays the character perfectly, from his unkempt performance to alcohol-induced swagger. Toward the beginning of the film, Andy, Peter, Oliver and Steven were reluctant to give in to Gary’s enthusiasm, but they slowly come around as they make their way through the
bars. I thought that the camaraderie the actors developed was very convincing, and Andy especially stood out in my mind. He was Gary’s best friend and proves that even old grudges can be mended when the two put aside their problems and work together to complete the pub crawl. Gary expects everything to magically be the same when they return home, but much has changed—the quaint and unique bars have even become monotonous and commercialized. The audience really isn’t supposed
to like King; he’s more of an antihero, but Andy is incredibly likable, and he is the character I became attached to the most. He was also very dynamic, demonstrating significant character change throughout the film. As for the other characters, they helped move the plot forward and added to the movie, especially at the final plot twist. Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike) also makes an appearance at the pubs and her blossoming relationship with Steven is a
cute sub-plot to their adventures. According to director Edgar Wright, the names of the 12 pubs all have interesting and symbolic meanings that correspond to the series of events that occurs in each of the spaces. For example, at The Two Headed Dog, they encounter twins who wreak havoc on the group. At The Old Familiar, the gang meets up with Oliver’s sister Sam for the first time since high school. The final pub is named The World’s End, and is where the ultimate action of the film occurs. The World’s End is part of The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy—a series of comedic films directed by Wright, written by Wright and Pegg, produced by Nira Park and starring Pegg and Frost. The other two movies in the trilogy are Shaun of the Dead (zombie comedy) and Hot Fuzz (cop action comedy). Their names come from the company Cornetto Ice Cream, and each movie alludes to a different flavor. Shaun of the Dead is strawberry because of its bloody and gory content. Hot Fuzz is the blue original flavor in honor of the police theme. The World’s End is mint chocolate chip, though the reasoning behind it is a plot spoiler! All I can say about The World’s End is that although it lagged a bit in the middle, the movie leaves you with a reflective thought about humanity through a clever, comedic pitch. It uses comedy and action to build up its inevitable final crash and that moment truly defines the production.
Boston Calling music festival comes to City Hall By Douglas Levine justice contributing writer
After successfully becoming the first major music festival directly in downtown Boston this past May, Boston Calling returns this weekend. The first festival, which featured acts such as fun., The Shins and Of Monsters and Men, was a smashing success and was incredibly well-reviewed, despite poor weather. Attendance for the spring festival was around 20,000 people each of the two days. Boston Calling’s sophomore festival is being held at City Hall Plaza in Boston on Sept. 7 and 8. According to an interview conducted by JustArts (see page 18), Boston Calling is the creation of co-founders Brian Appel and Mike Snow. Appel and Snow formally arranged concerts while working for the publication The Phoenix and the radio station WFNX, and decided they could handle the organization of a festival. The pair has also received help from Aaron Dessner, a member of the band The National, which appeared at the first Boston Calling
festival. The three have put a lot of time into crafting a mid-sized festival experience that will interact with the Boston community and landscape to create an entertaining escape for music lovers and casual listeners alike. According to the founders, they are particularly looking to draw on the college students in the area. While Boston already has a thriving music scene, Boston Calling is the first music festival of its kind in the area; never before has the city had a multi-stage extravaganza featuring such varied acts. This time around, the headliners of the show will be Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit, and additional artists include Kendrick Lamar, The Airborne Toxic Event, Local Natives and Deer Tick, as well as several local acts. In total there will be 18 performances. These acts range in genre from indie to alternative to rap to electronic, virtually guaranteeing there is a band for everyone. Local acts will play early in the day, so get there when gates open to catch the local scene. The festival is also set up as a charity initiative, with a portion of the proceeds being
donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital. Although the festival will remain similar to the spring installment, the organizers have taken significant steps in order to improve the overall listener experience. Two main areas of emphasis while organizing the festival were improving ease of access to food and drinks and improving ease of movement between the two stages of the festival. Expect the event to basically be a big party, open to all ages, but heavily populated by college students from across the area. Food, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase, and beer and wine will also be available for those 21 and older. Tickets are currently being sold at $75 for a single-day pass or $130 for both days and can be purchased at Boston Calling’s website. The festival will run from noon to around 10:30 p.m. both days, and box offices will open at 11 a.m. for ticketing. Concertgoers have the ability to roam freely in and out of City Hall Plaza, allowing them to experience Boston and the festival at the same time. From Brandeis, the plaza can be
reached by taking the commuter rail from campus to North Station and taking the Green Line to Haymarket Station, which is within walking distance of the festival grounds. For both new students and returning students alike, Boston Calling is a great reason to get off campus and into the city for a fun weekend. The festival is also a great way to enjoy the Boston music scene as well as see some internationally acclaimed bands at the same time. The event will be rain or shine, so take that into consideration when buying tickets. Concertgoers are also allowed to bring in one factory-sealed bottle of water and food, but no backpacks will be allowed. Headlining acts Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit will be split between the two days, forcing those wanting to see both to go for the weekend pass. I personally recommend it as you get twice the music and twice the festival experience and both days feature some really great bands that will really shine in the festival atmosphere. Music will start at 12:50 p.m. both days, so get there early to have the best access to the stage.
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TAKING THE STAGE: Alternative group Vampire Weekend (top) and soloist Solange will both perform.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 | THE JUSTICE
ARTS ON VIEW: DYNAMITE DORMS
Quote of the week “I am emailing regarding … the question of whether there is sufficient grounds and necessary need for the impeachment of our current Treasurer, Sunny Aidasani.”
Top 10s for the week ending September 2 BOX OFFICE
1. One Direction: This Is Us 2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler 3. We’re The Millers 4. Planes 5. Instructions Not Included 6. Elysium 7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 8. The World’s End 9. Getaway 10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3D
— Student Union Executive Senator Annie Chen ’14 in an email to the Senate. (News, p. 1)
What do you think about the new food provider on campus?
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David Barsky ’17 “Concerning what I’ve heard previously about the Sherman sh*ts, I’m pretty satisfied. The food is better than what I expected.”
HOME SWEET HOME: Justice copy staff member Melanie Cytron ’15 has made her single room in Ziv Quad home by putting a personal spin on decoration. Her wall accessories add a cheery pop of color.
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CROSSWORD Aaron Birnbaum ’17 “I’m a first-year so I have no basis of comparison, but the food is really good so far. I just had some grilled chicken on the Kosher side of Sherman. It was very tasty.”
Eden Zik ’16 “The price increase is slightly worrisome. I’ve heard multiple reports that they don’t treat their employees as well as Aramark used to.”
Kinza Bukhari ’14 “Usdan had better food, greater quality. C-store has more fresh food. Sherman is not necessarily better but the appearance of the food is aesthetically more pleasing.”
ACROSS 1 “SNL”-like show filmed in Canada 5 “Doctor Who” network 8 Rafters shoot them 14 Pre-Euro Italian coin 15 Nest egg letters 16 With 3-Down, way west for many American pioneers 17 __-Iraq War: ’80s conflict 18 Crooner Perry’s ad? 20 Self-righteous sort 21 Manicurist’s aid 22 Rage inwardly 23 Space pilot Han’s shirt? 25 Through 26 Classic racecars 27 Lighthouse light 30 Nouveau __ 33 U2 frontman’s bit of naughtiness? 36 Back in the day 37 Bedevil 39 PC monitor type 40 Cartoon possum’s corporate symbol? 42 Chilean range 44 Camera stand 45 Roman 1,051 46 Winery container 47 Japanese general Hideki’s talisman? 53 Triumphant cries 55 Disconnect 56 Explosion sound, in comics 57 Movie pooch’s picture? 59 Poetry unit 60 Church key, e.g. 61 “__ My Party”: Lesley Gore hit 62 Fairly matched 63 Great suffering 64 Easter egg dip 65 “That didn’t go well” DOWN 1 Pink ones are unwelcome— except in lingerie 2 Prefix with cumulus 3 See 16-Across 4 Self-portraitist with a bandaged ear 5 Bodybuilder’s “guns” 6 __-Seltzer 7 Desert safari beast 8 Pink-cheeked 9 Dada pioneer Jean 10 __ Gulf: Arabian waterway 11 Reason given for calling in sick 12 Rounded roof 13 Winter whiteness 19 Pizarro’s gold 24 Broad-brimmed hat 25 Chaste priestesses of ancient Rome 27 “__ appétit!” 28 Fairy tale start
1. Katy Perry — “Roar” 2. Avicii — “Wake Me Up” 3. Lady Gaga — “Applause” 4. Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines (feat.T.I. & Pharrell)” 5. Lorde — “Royals”
1. Luke Bryan — Crash My Party 2. John Mayer — Paradise Valley 3. TGT — Three Kings 4. Jimmy Buffet — Songs From St. Somewhere 5. Earl Sweatshirt — Doris 6. Robin Thicke — Blurred Lines 7. Various Artists — Now 47 8. Soundtrack — Teen Beach Movie 9. A$AP Ferg — Trap Lord 10. Jay Z — Magna Carta...Holy Grail 29 Dozes 30 Like one who can’t put a book down 31 Composer Stravinsky 32 Ponders 33 Male sib 34 “Egad!” in an IM 35 Opposite of paleo38 Long in the tooth 41 Tommy Dorsey hit tune 43 Less clumsy 45 Sullen 47 Internet slang based on a common typo 48 Egg-shaped 49 Harbor wall 50 Eight-time All-Star Tony of the ’60s-’70s Minnesota Twins 51 Sister of La Toya 52 Warning signs 53 Elemental particle 54 Arizona native 55 Twinkle-toed 58 Rev.’s message
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EDM Songs By HENRY LOUGHLIN JUSTICE EDITOR
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“I work for Sodexo in the C-store, [and] I like them better as an employer. They took the time to train us. I think the food is a little more expensive but it’s better quality.”
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Fiction 1. The Cuckoo’s Calling — Robert Galbraith 2. Inferno — Dan Brown 3. Mistress — James Patterson and David Ellis 4. And The Mountains Echoed — Khaled Hosseini 5. The Third Kingdom — Terry Goodkind Nonfiction 1. The Liberty Amendments — Mark R. Levin 2. Zealot — Reza Aslan 3. Lean In — Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell 4. Happy, Happy, Happy — Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach 5. Exposed — Jane Velez-Mitchell
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My father often makes fun of my propensity to play electronic dance music. However, I find it is useful for studying, hanging out and exercising, which takes up a large portion of a college student’s time awake. THE LIST 1.“Calling”—Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso 2. “Time to get Crunk”—Cookie Monsta 3. “Express Yourself” —Diplo 4. “Julian”—The Chainsmokers 5. “Spaghetti”—Doctor P 6. “Silenced by the Night (Alesso Remix)”—Keane 7. “Stereo Love”—Edward Maya 8. “Suit and Tie”—Dillon Francis 9. “Alive”—Krewella 10. “Language”—Porter Robinson