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Volume 15 Issue 18

“To acquire wisdom, one must observe”

October 12, 2018

Brandeis University’s Community Newspaper · Waltham, Mass.

Students stand in solidarity with survivors By Ryan Spencer and Sabrina Chow editors

Students dressed mostly in black and wearing strips of purple duct tape—some over their mouths—gathered on the Rabb steps on Monday in a demonstration advocating for survivors of sexual assault. Between class periods, students traveling to and from Mandel Humanities Quad had to navigate through or around demonstrators whose numbers grew from more than a dozen to just over 40 by the time the demonstration concluded at 2 p.m. A pamphlet distributed by the demonstrators stated that, “This movement seeks to foreground the lives of those at the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, transmisogyny,

ableism and more to combat and speak out against incessant violence and harassment that occurs on college campuses and globally.” An Instagram post from @DeisBelieve, an account shared on the pamphlet and associated with the demonstration, announced that “We plan to disrupt spaces, interrupt classrooms, until we can envision a national forum grounded on believing and affirming the lives of survivors.” Signs held by demonstrators linked the demonstration to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and Brandeis itself. One sign invited students to, “Ask how you can support us #standupspeakout.” The Brandeis Hoot approached PHOTO BY CANDACE NG/THE HOOT


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vors of sexual assault.

CGES celebrates 20th anniversary By Sabrina Chow editor

The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) celebrated its 20th anniversary with guest speaker, Emily Haber, the German Ambassador to the United States. Members of the Brandeis and German communities gathered to celebrate this historic event at a gala dinner and a one-day conference, all convening around the theme, “Reflecting on the past, envisioning the future.” Sonja Lahnstein-Kandel, a respected advocate of civil rights

stood along the Rabb steps on Monday, Oct. 8 in silence in support of survi-

and tolerance in Germany and Israel, was also in attendance. The keynote speaker of the night, Haber, followed an introduction by President Ron Liebowitz. The majority of Haber’s speech focused on maintaining the transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and Germany and, more specifically, the relationship between Brandeis and Germany. Haber notes the importance that Brandeis has in the eyes of Germany, given the intersection in history during World War II. She not only links Germany and the U.S. through our current endeavors but also for the fact that the U.S. has become the “guard-

ian” of making the world remember what happened during those times “for the sake of the world we want to live in.” Since becoming the German Ambassador in June of 2018, Haber has determined the greatest issue in maintaining the relationship of the U.S. and Germany is a mutual understanding of what direction both countries want to move towards and the challenges that may prevent these goals. “If we want to identify what we really want, we should focus on the tectonic shifts in the world we see

CGES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS German ambassador to the US, Emily Haber, gave the keynote ad-

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Sodexo workers protest hours By Celia Young editor

Sodexo workers crowded into the Lower Usdan dining office to protest their hours being cut on Monday, Oct. 1. The workers were joined by some students, including those from the Brandeis Labor Coalition. Many workers complained that their hours had been cut, and one woman, speaking through a translator, alleged that she was struck during her job. Dining personnel in the office responded with concern, saying the issue hadn’t been brought to their attention before, according to a Hoot reporter at the scene. Lucy Braverman ’22, a Hoot reporter who attended the protest, described the comments made by the Sodexo employees. “Many workers spoke about inefficient work conditions and cut hour,” she wrote, in an email to The Brandeis Hoot. “One woman’s translator said she was beaten by her boss.” Some Sodexo employees are represented by the union Unite Here Local 26. To be eligible for the union, employees must work a certain number of hours. The Hoot reached out to several So-

dexo workers, the Brandeis Labor Coalition and the university dining office for comment. Dining office General Manager Andy Allen responded, saying the issue was very important to the office, and provided a statement. “Sodexo and UNITE HERE Local 26 have a very good working relationship,” he wrote in an email to The Hoot. He continued, “There is a current collective bargaining agreement in place at Brandeis University. Any matters concerning scheduling or hours are best addressed through the processes outlined in the collective bargaining agreement which provides for both a Labor-Management Committee, and for a grievance/arbitration process.” Several members of the Brandeis Labor Coalition were contacted, in person and via email, by The Hoot. The Labor Coalition would not offer any comment on the issue. Several Usdan Dining Hall and Hoot Market employees were also approached for comment but did not respond to The Hoot’s requests by publication time. Brandeis entered into a 10-year

dress at the 20th anniversay gala for the Center for German and European Studies.

Inside This Issue:

News: Town hall discusses US-China relations Ops: More energy on Indigenous People’s Day Arts: “Dawnland” provokes conversation Sports: BUSDT victorious at pentathlon meet Editorial: We stand with survivors


Page 4 Class Page 8 Page 14 Sarah Lavin ’21’s class is a secret gem at Brandeis. Page 13 Page 10 FEATURES: PAGE 11

What I Wish I Knew BEMCO knows best. OPS: PAGE 6

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First Nations educator challenges Columbus’ legacy on Indigenous Peoples’ Day By Caleigh Bartash staff

Arawak indigenous peoples representative Claudia A. Fox Tree disputed popular notions of Christopher Columbus’ societal contributions at an Intercultural Center (ICC) teach-in presentation on Monday, Oct. 8. The Arawak are a group of indigenous peoples native to South America and the Caribbean. In her presentation, Fox Tree listed ways Columbus and other European colonists uprooted indigenous culture throughout history, including taking native land, food sources, language and freedom. Dressed in traditional regalia, Fox Tree spoke about the gaps in her cultural history. She pointed out that while many Americans can access a wealth of information about their heritage all over the world, Native Americans often struggle to find information in a country they have lived in for thousands of years. “I wouldn’t expect to go anywhere else in the world to learn about the indigenous people, and the fact that I can’t find literature and politicians and banks and lawyers and artists and musicians as easily in this country, where it should be, is a problem,” Fox Tree said. “Everyone else can go to their country of origin and find those things.”

Fox Tree also related the struggles of indigenous peoples to those of the Jewish people, likening New England tribes’ 17th century imprisonment on Deer Island to concentration camps and comparing the Trail of Tears with the Holocaust. She mentioned a centuries-old connection, saying, “the term ‘final solution’ was not coined by the Nazis. It was the Indian Affairs Superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott from Canada who plotted out to take care of the Indian problem in 1910.” According to Fox Tree, her own experiences with lifelong access to education, clean drinking water and healthcare are advantages that many First Nations people cannot claim. She discussed modern issues in indigenous communities, such as health and safety disparities, reporting that Native American women are murdered at a rate ten times the national average and that indigenous youth have a suicide rate three times higher than their peers. Fox Tree attributed the plights of indigenous youth to racist policies in which the government used to separate them from their families. She said that in 1978, President Carter introduced the Indian Child Welfare Act to end the legal basis the U.S. government used to place children outside their Native American communities. However, this policy did not halt the trend altogether. Fox Tree revealed that instead

of boarding schools, indigenous children nowadays are put in the foster care system. In Minnesota, indigenous children are put in the foster care system at rates 22 times higher than other racial groups in the state. A recurring theme throughout Fox Tree’s presentation was word choice. She explained that one reason she wore regalia was to introduce the proper term for it. She admitted that she used to think costume was an appropriate word to describe traditional dress but then realized its harmful connotations. Fox Tree urged audience members to question offensive language and images. Other examples of Native American words that should not be appropriated out of their original context included the phrase “pow wow.” Fox Tree recognized that pow wow is often used in business settings as a synonym for discussion but reasoned that since its origins are in Native American medical ceremonies, this usage is both confusing and offensive. She also condemned caricatures of indigenous people in sports, urging audience members to reject mascots that offend racial groups. Fox Tree concluded with a call to action, asking the audience to become educated on indigenous peoples’ issues and to join movements as allies, co-conspirators and agitators.

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contract with Sodexo for food service in 2013, according to an Oct. 26, 2013 Faculty Senate report. In 2013, newly hired counter workers were paid $12.51 an hour, a wage that was criticized by faculty in their senate report. The report also mentioned faculty fears over “Sodexo’s record of low wages, race discrimination, and anti-union activities,” including a $80 million dollar settle-

ment in 2005 after the National Labor Relations Board’s findings of “anti-union activities.” Concerns also arose over the allegation that Sodexo may be eliminating full time work through part time workers. The union Unite Here 26 ratified a new contract in August of 2016 that included lower healthcare costs and provide a $1.50 wage increase with the goal of bringing almost all positions up to $20 an hour, according to the Local 26 webpage. There have been at least nine

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IN THE SENATE: Oct. 7, 2018 • The Senate discussed a two year soft roll-out for making every club have an advisor after backlash over the original idea for a quicker change. The idea is that in two years, all clubs will be required to have a faculty or staff advisor to make clubs more accountable. According to senator Aaron Finkel ’20, this will be “adding an extra layer of support” for clubs. • The Senate approved the name change of Brandeis Conservatives to Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), to aid the club in expanding what they have to offer and to allow it to communicate with a network of other YAL clubs. • The Senate passed the motion to allow the bylaws committee to have members that are not members of the Senate. The Club Support Committee reported that it is helping clubs get ready for the A-Board marathon on Nov. 1. The Student Union Meet and Greet will be held on Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fellow’s Garden. • The Service and Outreach committee reported that this year’s Turkey shuttles to New York will cost $25 for students. The committee will also be partnering with the Waltham group to arrange shuttles to Boston Logan International Airport and South Station for break. The possibility of hiring shuttles to drive students to polling stations in November was discussed. • The Health and Safety committee proposed trying to put condoms in bathrooms and scales in some of the gyms for student use. The Campus Operations Working Group (COW-G) committee discussed trying to get washing machines in quads where there is space for more. The dining committee reported trying to reduce meal plan requirements but the proposal seemed unlikely after the committee met with Sodexo. • Senator Joshua Hoffman ’21 brought to the Senate the idea of turning a room in Skyline into a gym, with a treadmill and perhaps a few other pieces of exercise equipment, as most other residential quads on campus have a gym. The room currently under consideration is the small multipurpose room in Skyline Commons. There is also a survey posted in the MyDeis Class of 2021 Facebook Group for students to give feedback on the idea. • Senator Alex Chang ’22 proposed putting pianos in the lounges in first-year quads. The two pianos would cost the Senate $765.96 and is a “real need” for first-years, according to Chang. The idea is to be further discussed and perhaps voted on during the next Senate meeting. - Sasha Skarboviychuk

boycotts of Sodexo in the past, one of which took place at Brandeis University over meal plan changes in 2014, according to a Brandeis Hoot article from the time. Other colleges and universities that have seen protests include Clark University in Worcester, M.A., the American University in Washington, D.C., Binghamton University in New York, Emory University in Atlanta, G.A. and the Claremont Colleges (Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College) in Southern California.

Trustees pass Free Speech Principles, no vote on divestment By Ryan Spencer editor

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt Brandeis’ Principles of Free Speech and Free Expression and discussed but did not vote on “proposed new guidelines for socially responsible investment” in a meeting with President Ron Liebowitz last month, according to a campus-wide email from Liebowitz. “The meeting’s tone was both optimistic yet realistic,” Leibowitz noted in the Wednesday night email. The board did not come to a

conclusion on the issue of whether or not to divest university funds from fossil fuels, according to the email. The decision by the board not to vote on the matter comes five months after Liebowitz and Board of Trustees member George D. Krupp announced to student demonstrators that a vote on divestment would take place within 60 days. In a June statement, Liebowitz pushed the vote on divestment to November, noting that before they voted on divestment, the board must vote to update guidelines established in 1973 titled “Brandeis University as a Responsible Inves-

tor.” No vote was held to update these investor guidelines. “The board devoted a significant amount of time to discussing whether and how the university can address the legitimate concerns about climate change through fossil fuels divestment, as well as how our 1973 Statement on Socially Responsible Investing might be updated to address conditions the university could not have anticipated 45 years ago,” Liebowitz said. The email promised that the board “is committed to remaining focused on these matters and resolving outstanding questions at upcoming meetings.”

The Board of Trustees’ unanimous vote to adopt Brandeis’ Principles of Free Speech and Free Expression rendered the principles—which can be found on the Brandeis website—an official statement of Brandeis University. Last year, the then “draft” principles sparked heated debate in campus discussions which were held to receive feedback on the formerly unofficial guidelines. In these discussions, some students expressed fear that the principles would be used to allow controversial or inflammatory figures to speak on campus. The two day meeting between Leibowitz also discussed “im-

portant issues related to finances, facilities, and enrollment,” a “draft framework for Brandeis’ future” written by Liebowitz, cyber-security measures being taken by the university, and “questions about how we can best finance an upgrade of our facilities,” according to the email. The board promoted Nidhiya Menon to “the rank of full professor with tenure” and appointed Dorothy Hodgson, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, to the same rank, the email noted. Eight new trustees were welcomed to the board during the meetings which took place on Sept. 26 and 27.

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‘Brandeis Believe Survivors’ stands in solidarity with survivors of sexual assualt PROTEST, from page 1

several participants for comment. “We’re not actually offering any comment,” said Lucy Pugh-Sellers ’20, who participated in the event for several hours. Other participants declined to comment as well. Signs with phrases such as “Gender based violence is a tool of genocide, #believeindigenoussurvivors” and “Where are they? Missing and murdered indigenous women” linked the demonstration to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which was recognized at Brandeis on the same day as the demonstration. The pamphlet invited passerbys to attend the teach-in which was taking place at the time of the demonstration and on into the evening. One sign read “50-48,” refer-

ring to a vote in the United States Senate on Saturday, Oct. 6, which confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh faced several accusations of sexual assault in the run-up to his confirmation, sparking a nationwide debate and leading to a public hearing which pitted his word against that of his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Other signs expressed support for Brandeis Professor Anita Hill (HS/WMGS), who testified before Congress in 1991 that then-unconfirmed Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked for Thomas in 1982. During Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, Hill penned an op-ed for The New York Times stating that “There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.” The op-ed concluded, “In 2018, our senators must get it right.”

Kavanaugh joined Thomas and the seven other judges on the bench of the Supreme Court after being sworn in Saturday night. “If we can’t see a problem, we can’t fix a problem,” read another sign, quoting Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and leading scholar in critical race theory. The quote was taken from her TEDWomen Talk, “The urgency of intersectionality.” The day before the demonstration, a Google form circulated around parts of the Brandeis community, inviting individuals to stand in solidarity at the event. “We are standing in solidarity with Professor Anita Hill, Professor Christine Ford, and other marginalized bodies within the broader community,” stated the description on the Google form. The pamphlet distributed by demonstrators at the protest noted Twitter and Instagram accounts

using the name @DeisBelieve had been established for use by demonstrators moving forward. The Instagram and Twitter accounts showed pictures of signage used at the demonstration. It also urged students to wear the purple tape that “allies” were handing out and share with peers why they choose to wear them, as well as raising awareness about different campus resources, such as the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center (PARC). The group’s use of the tag #BrandeisBelieveSurvivors on social media and on signs was a “radical demand to our faculty of students, administration and staff to address the dearth of dialogues surrounding the political climate and sexual assault cases,” as stated in their pamphlet. When reporters attempted to take pictures of demonstrators, some participants shouted that

they did not consent to having their picture taken or would move their signs in front of their faces. Pugh-Sellers told The Hoot that “They’re [the demonstrators] putting themselves in a vulnerable place,” in justification for requesting reporters not take photos. A post on the @DeisBelieve Instagram account Tuesday displayed a letter from “The organization of BrandeisBelieveSurvivors” which explained the group’s intentions with the demonstration and their plans to demonstrate throughout October. “The university has perpetuated silence in allyship during this political climate around the issue of sexual violence,” the post stated. The post invited other universities to use a hashtag with the format “#(YourUniversity)BelieveSurvivors” to “bring further awareness” and spread the movement to other campuses.



CGES celebrates with German ambassador to US CGES, from page 1

we see around us,” said Haber. She also constantly spoke directly to the younger alumni in attendance, as well as students in attendance at the gala. “I hope that you, the younger generation of political thinkers, will find it too passive and too defensive and too lacking a flare of inspiration,” explained Haber. “That is what may be on you to define and renew a joined division and inspire others to work on a new program to keep them [the U.S. and Germany] resilient and diverse.” The gala dinner, emceed by Oli-


ver Koch ’20, began with opening remarks by Sabine von Mering (ENVS/GRALL/WMGS), director of CGES and President Ron Liebowitz. Von Mering began the gala by thanking all the members of her team at CGES and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD in the German abbreviation), for supporting the anniversary conference and the continuous work that the center does. CGES is not one of a kind; they exist all across the U.S. and the world, according to von Mering. “The centers are not meant to ‘promote Germany,’” explained Benedikt Brisch, who is the incoming director of DAAD in

Lahstein-Kandel and von Mering in an open discussion.

New York. “We want the centers to reflect critically on Germany and to do so in a very truthful way because the centers have the ability to see things about us from afar that we don’t see because we are too close.” Since becoming director of CGES in 2008, von Mering felt the most impactful thing she did for the program was creating a network of students within the center who “feel ownership.” Previous student workers at CGES were invited to the 20th anniversary celebration as a mini-reunion within the celebration, von Mering said in an email to The Brandeis Hoot. “Bringing them together...was really exciting, and I loved seeing them connect with each other across the different cohorts.” Following the introduction by von Mering, Liebowitz gave a brief speech commending the work that the center has done over the past 20 years. Comparing the start of the center to the humble beginnings of Brandeis, Liebowitz praised the center on the work that they have done. Specifically “conveying German and European perspectives on key transatlantic issues ranging from migration, climate change, security, NATO and Holocaust education,” said Liebowitz at the gala.


Emily Haber (left), Sabine von Mering (middle) and President Ron Liebowitz (right) GALA

He also highlighted the fact that CGES at Brandeis is the only center in the world primarily focused on undergraduate involvement. Liebowitz was followed by Haber’s keynote address. After Haber’s speech, Lahnstein-Kandel participated in a question and answer forum, mediated by von Mering. The topic of conversation revolved around anti-semitism and right wing populism in Germany and the U.S. Lahnstein-Kandel is the found-

er of the non-profit organization, “Step21 for Tolerance and Understanding,” which is based in Germany and has assisted almost a million youth with xenophobia and anti-semitic incidents in Germany. Following the gala, a one-day conference was held that covered a range of topics from the future of Holocaust research to a panel where CGES alumni relayed their experiences in tackling the issues of the future, with acclaimed faculty from all across the U.S.


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Town hall discusses China-U.S. relations By Sasha Skarboviychuk staff

The 12th annual CHINA Town Hall was streamed at the Brandeis International Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 9. CHINA Town Hall is a platform that allows people in the United States to have a conversation about the relationship between China and the U.S. with experts on the topic. The event featured a discussion on American and Chinese relations with Professor Peter Petri of the Brandeis International Business School, and a webcast with Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, as well as student respondents. The webcast with Rice was done in a Q&A style, with Rice being interviewed by National Committee President Stephen Orlins. Rice began the evening by recounting her experiences in China. She described the country as “a power that has risen very quickly…[and] lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and is a force on the world stage.” Although Rice acknowledged that there has been a lot of tension between China and the United States recently, she focused on the positive aspects. “China is a major factor in the international economy; no one can really imagine international growth that is sustained without Chinese economy,” said Rice. She continued by pointing out other areas in which the United States and China cooperate, in addition to the world economy, such as relations with North Korea. Rice said that in a way China and the U.S. are “strategic competitors.” However that does not mean that “it has to be conflictual” and that it is important to “take the venom out of the word competitors.”


The event was introduced by Petri, who described Rice and gave background on the current situation. Rice is currently a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. “She [Rice] is a very, very impressive figure and I am a big admirer of her,” said Petri. “She is very special, she’s thoughtful, pragmatic, smart, tough…Rice served at a very difficult time in American history, this was the period of 9/11, followed by the war in Afghanistan, followed by the war in Iraq.” From 1989 to 1991, Rice served on President George W. Bush’s National Security Council as di-

rector and senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs. From 2001 to 2005, Rice served as the National Security Advisor, and as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from 2005 to 2009. “She was probably the single steady moderating voice in our cabinet,” concluded Petri. Petri continued by giving a summary of the current relationship between the two nations: “The United States-China relationship has essentially reached new lows.” He particularly highlighted the economic issues between the two nations: “We have seen a kind of robot-like escalation of tariffs… there have been now four rounds of high tariffs by the United States followed by retaliation from Chi-

na.” Not only do the tariffs harm both sides, but “they essentially go against virtue of all of the principals of the WTO, the World Trade Organization,” according to Petri. Although the situation is tense, Petri believes that “the good news is that both sides are interested in talking.” Following the broadcast with Rice three student respondents shared their ideas with the audience. Minnie Norgaisse ’19 is majoring in East Asian Studies and spent eight months in China and Taiwan studying Mandarin. Zikun Wang ’19, an economics and international and global studies major, is from Beijing and is currently working on a senior thesis on China. Yaya Zhang,

MBA ’20, who is from Shenzhen, China, and worked as an I-20 specialist at Northeastern University. The event concluded with a Q&A with Petri and Professor Elanah Uretsky, a visiting assistant professor in the department of anthropology with expertise in medical anthropology with a specific focus in China. The twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall at Brandeis was sponsored by the Brandeis International Business School, the Asia Pacific Center for Economics and Business and The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. The National Committee on United States-China Relations aims to promote understanding and cooperation between the United States and China.

Brandeis hosts vigil for survivors By Celia Young editor

Faculty staff and students gathered for a vigil in support of victims of sexual assault in the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Atrium on Thursday night. The vigil featured statements and poems from Dean of Students Jamele Adams, Provost Lisa Lynch and Director of Sexual Assault Services and Prevention Sarah Berg, among others. Attendees could pick up pamphlets about future events related to sexual violence and could fill out postcards pre-addressed to Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor who accused recently confirmed supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were both at a party in high school. Jamele Adams opened the event with a call and response, having the audience repeat lines such as “I believe” and “we believe you.” He had the audience gather in a circle and join hands as they chanted. Adams then read an original poem he had composed for the event, according to Berg. His poem included lines referencing Ford’s testimony before the senate

judiciary committee, saying, “Her story is not concocted. I believe. How could they not?” He continued, “Believe. Sexual assault affects survivors of every pronoun…We believe, we believe, we believe survivors.” Lynch spoke next, recounting her experience of seeing Anita Hill testify before the senate judiciary committee 27 years ago. She referenced the recent ap-

pointment of Kavanaugh to the supreme court on Oct. 6, who was appointed after allegations of sexual assault by Ford, and later two other women. Ford testified before the senate judiciary committee before Kavanaugh Sept. 27. Berg spoke about her frustration with the widespread nature of sexual assault, saying, “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by sexual violence in some

way.” Student Union President Hannah Brown followed Berg, saying that the Union believes and stands with survivors, echoing an earlier Union statement that was released to the student body on Oct. 2. Vilma Uribe, the survivor advocate and empowerment specialist at the Brandeis Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center


(PARC) spoke about Ford and read a poem expressing support for survivors of sexual assault. The Rabbinic Intern at Brandeis Hillel, Jessica Goldberg, read an original poem about religious and historical women who have faced discrimination based on their gender in the past. The poem opened with “My name is Lilith, the demon wife of Adam,” referencing the original wife of the biblical figure Adam. The poem continued to name several historical women and reference the Kavanaugh confirmation, saying, “Dear Adam, my name is, my names are, our names our inked into the bible upon which you have placed your left hand.” Protestant Chaplain Matt Carriker followed Goldberg with a prayer and a moment of reflection, where he asked the audience to check in with themselves and how the past week had affected them. At the event pamphlets listing upcoming events related to sexual violence The audience included President Ron Liebowitz, Executive Vice President of Communications and External Relations Ira Jackson, Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas and Acting Athletics Director Jeffrey Ward.

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21st annual Gabbay Award celebrates accomplishments in stem cell therapy By Thalia Plata special to the hoot

Dr. Lorenz Studer, MD, gave his award lecture for the Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine to a crowd of students, faculty and visitors at the Carl. J. Shapiro Theater Tuesday afternoon. Studer received the 21st Annual Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award “in recognition of his innovative and transformative contributions to the fields of stem cell biology and patient specific, cell based therapy,” according to the Brandeis University website. Studer’s groundbreaking research in the use of human embryonic stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease won him the Gabbay Award. The Gabbay award was established in 1998 when the trustees of the Jacob and Louise Foundation decided to recognize achievements in basic and biomedical sciences. The award was created to honor scientists early in their careers, as opposed to traditional awards which tend to go to more established scientists. The Gabbay award goes to those whose work has “significant practical conse-

quences in the biomedical sciences,” according to the Brandeis University website. The annual award consists of a $15,000 cash prize and a medallion. The award recipients travel to Brandeis in the fall and present a lecture of their work. The lecture is followed by a formal presentation. Nominations for the Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award are solicited from scientists and a panel of researchers, with representatives from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, who then gather to decide the recipient. A native of Switzerland, Studer is director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and member of the Developmental Biology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Studer received an MD and doctorate degree from the University of Bern. Afterward he trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Health, pioneering the therapeutic application of neural stem cell-derived neurons in models of neurodegeneration. Studer’s award lecture revolved around his work using stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease. He called Parkinson’s “a global health problem.” The disease affects more than 5 million patients

worldwide. Studer explained that a new type of treatment was necessary since “medication becomes less and less effective as the disease progresses.” Studer described his journey to finding an “optimal source for Parkinson’s disease cell therapy. Along his scientific journey he met his wife, and fellow scientist, Viviane Tabor at the National Health Institute in Washington, D.C. Studer concluded his lecture by expressing his belief that cell transplantation could present a novel therapeutic option for longterm restoration of motor deficits in Parkinson’s Disease. He was also very excited that cell banks for clinical trials have been generated and will be treating the first human patient this year. Studer has received other notable awards, including the Louise and Allston Boyer Young Investigator Award, the Annemarie Opprecht Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. Last year’s Gabbay Award winner was MIT professor James J. Collins for his pioneering contributions to synthetic biology and its practical applications in medicine, biotechnology and the biomedical sciences.



Administration urges Brandeis community to stand together By Sabrina Chow editor

In an email released to the Brandeis community on Tuesday, Oct. 9, President Ron Liebowitz reflected on the recent events in Washington, D.C. that have provoked serious arguments in the U.S. Liebowitz emphasizes that even though the university is unable to take a stand on partisan issues, it can provide an environment that protects the Brandeis community,

as well as educate the community about issues that our society struggles with. Liebowitz also announced in the email that University of Michigan professor Catharine MacKinnon will be at Brandeis on Oct. 14 to deliver her Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights. The lecture is titled “Sexual Harassment: The Law, the Politics, and the Movement” and will be held in the Shapiro Campus Center at 4 p.m. “So I am asking everyone in our

community to use this moment as a time for reflection and learning. I want to remind students, faculty, and staff of the resources available to them here on campus. And I want to encourage all of us to make our voices heard beyond our campus,” Liebowitz said in an email sent out to the Brandeis community. Liebowitz went on to detail the resources that are available to Brandeis students and community members, including the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Brandeis Prevention, Advoca-

cy and Resource Center and the Brandeis Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, especially for those who have faced sexual violence or feel vulnerable. In his email, Liebowitz emphasized that, “Brandeis cares.” He also highlighted the importance of the Title IX office, which “is committed to responding promptly and effectively once notified of any form of discrimination based on sex and forbids retaliation against an individual who has filed a complaint,” according to the email.

Liebowitz encouraged members of the Brandeis community, especially the students, to register to vote, even if through an absentee ballot, in order to exercise our “civic responsibility to be engaged citizens.” Deans of the University, as well as the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty, have been encouraged by Provost Lisa Lynch to incorporate discussions about recent hearings within the U.S. Senate, and the state of civil rights in the U.S.


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What I wish I knew: don’t be afraid to call BEMCo By Renee Nakkab staff

Procrastination did not even begin to encapsulate how much I was putting off writing my essay Friday night. I was not ready for my night to end because once it did, my paper awaited. Nevertheless, my night did come to a close and as I sat down to start my essay, my phone began to vibrate in angst. I answered the call to find my friend’s frantic voice on the other line; her roommate, one of my friends, was falling in and out of consciousness. Grabbing a Gatorade, I rushed downstairs to help. Once I barged through the door, I was unexpectedly greeted by one of the scariest images I have ever seen. My vibrantly energetic, joyous friend was replaced by a pale, slightly shaking hollow person. Unable to hold a conversation, head bobbing up and down from the vomit-filled trash bag in her lap and eyes rolling back to the depths of her skull, she was not doing well. I rushed through the door and started to pour the Gatorade into a cup of water. She was barely able to hold the cup, let alone drink without gagging. I suggested we call Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo),

but her roommate claimed she had everything under control. We did not have anything under control. Her legs were shaking furiously, her eyes could not stay open and she was continually vomiting. Her neighbors came over and after a slight deliberation, we decided it would be safer to call BEMCo than handle this sensitive situation on our own. I am extremely thankful we did. BEMCo is a student volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS) that provides fast and efficient medical care to the Brandeis campus. Aside from being Massachusetts-certified EMTs, these students are trained professionals in CPR, AED usage and basic first aid. They are a 24-hour volunteer service and far more qualified than any of my friends or myself to handle the medical disaster that laid before us. With Medical Amnesty, which Brandeis provides, none of the parties involved will be in trouble for how they got into the situation that BEMCo was called for. This clearly demonstrates that Brandeis is truly looking out for the best interests of their students rather than trying to punish them. If BEMCo is called for drug or alcohol-related incidents, the student who needed BEMCo will receive a notification in the following days regarding a counseling session. BEMCo EMTs are




covered under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is a federal regulation that prohibits BEMCo from sharing information about the call with anyone not directly involved with patient care. Therefore, call! If the worst result of calling is a counseling session, it is more than worth it to save a life. Do not hesitate; it is within those few minutes of deciding that could decide the health of the person you’re calling for. Around two in the morning, BEMCo stormed into the dorm room and got right to work. Friendly, helpful and highly professional, BEMCo asked all the right questions and were, surprisingly, an absolute pleasure to work with. However, this situation took a negative turn when my friend was strapped into a wheelchair and was wheeled out into the brisk night air, illuminated by ambulance lights.


If BEMCo needs to call for a transporting ambulance service, the BEMCo crew calls 911. When the transport service arrives at the scene, BEMCo will transfer care to the transport service. Any decisions made after this point is done so by the transport service. Claiming to be sober and much better than before, my friends argued against going to the hospital in fear of her parents finding out. The Cataldo Ambulance EMT asked her if she was feeling better and if she wanted to go to the hospital. She, of course, said yes and that she did not want to go. He then called the Emergency Room Physician who told him that my friend did not have to go if she did not want to. There are multiple issues with this situation. Firstly, my friend was in no state to be making decisions for herself. She was severely ill, not sober, pumped with fear of her parents knowing and adrenaline from the en-

tire situation. Her life should not have been left in her hands, if the paramedics were called, they were called for a reason. Although it is understood that BEMCo and other EMTs cannot legally make decisions for individuals, there should be a point in which the decision should not be up to the individual. The doctor that the man called did not personally see my friend’s current state. The man may have relayed a few of her test results to the doctor, yet how many tests could they have really done on the sidewalk? From what I saw, a glucose test was the only test conducted. He let her go back to her dorm and told her if he saw her again that evening he would not be happy. I guess the man was unhappy that evening. About 30 minutes later, my friend started to vomit blood. BEMCo was called for the second time that evening and my friend was rushed to the hospital.

A critique on the liberal reaction By Alex Kougasian staff

Trump’s victory over Clinton was the shot heard around the world. It was a distressing astonishment to some and a triumph for others. Quickly, the reigning ideology was becoming a breed of Republicanism that had not been thoroughly considered in the liberal mainstream before this presidential race, and the liberal movement as a whole was ushered into an age of defensiveness as a result of this event. Liberal voters and spokespeople alike were now reacting to a slew of statements, events and policy with a justified outrage. Our outrage came from watch-

ing much of what we had worked to create throughout the Obama presidency be undone with an efficiency that blindsided people on both sides of the spectrum. It came from the injustices that we work to minimize being both disregarded and aggravated by the new government. And it came from seeing those who we perceive to have all the socioeconomic power and influence getting more power and influence. While these motivations for outrage are gross generalizations, I believe it does speak to many of those who identify themselves as liberals. That motivation is the point at which I feel much of the left has disregarded the other perspective. While the policies that this government produces end up bene-

fiting those with more power and influence and hurting those with less, its supporters are not predominantly those with the most power and the most influence. The demographic that the left has neglected is the less educated, working class, white Republican. It is a class who has felt suppressed by condescending liberal thought throughout the Obama administration. This seemingly fringe or extreme republican ideology took over the Republican base as a result of festering emotions. This likely does not serve as a valid justification for the Republicans’ alienating views to many liberals. It is a suppression that many minority groups have been forced to deal with on a much deeper level. Nevertheless, we need to ac-

cept that we have inadvertently played a role in bringing about this warped form of Republicanism through the way that we have established liberal culture, not just for us to be able to acknowledge our mistakes in the way we interacted with other perspectives in the past, but also in order for us to learn moving forward. Politically, we are now in the same situation that the less educated, working class, white Republicans were throughout the last administration. We want a change, so we take our pleas for change out on the people that brought Trump into power. But Trump supporters are used to being hated by liberals; it is how they developed this perspective in the first place. If we truly want a change, we need to do what hasn’t

been done and listen. In no way am I saying we need to change our views, but what I am saying is that the way we conduct our discourse with other perspectives needs to change. The more respectful we are in the way we treat the views of Trump supporters, the faster we will see the anger dissipate followed by more amicable perspectives represented among governmental officials. Respect is not something that will be easy to give to an ideology that is so clearly and openly alienating and exclusive. But if we continue reacting to the Trumpian emotion the way that we have been, we will find ourselves playing directly into that same stagnation that got Trump his presidency in the first place.

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End mandatory meal plans or end Sodexo By Caleigh Bartash staff

It is Saturday. I am running dangerously low on dining points and eating an average of one real meal per day. I still have five more swipes on my 12-a-week plan, but there is no way I will finish them all before Sunday. Even if I could, I would never want to. I would not choose to live or eat like this, but as all of Brandeis’ students living in on-campus housing know, I was never given a choice. Out of the outlandish $70,000 premium Brandeis expects from students living on-campus, a whopping $3,000 goes towards mandatory meal plans from a provider that most people don’t like. Mandatory meal plans are result of a 2013 contract with Sodexo, a company with ties to various private prisons worldwide. To fulfill this contract, Brandeis essentially forces as


many students as they can to pay exorbitant fees for subpar food. Students living in most dorms have a choice between four “traditional” meal plans, but none of the choices are worthwhile unless you actually enjoy Sodexo food. Want to save money by getting a smaller meal plan? Good luck with that! With only $390 between the top and bottom tier traditional plans, downsizing does not make much of a difference. Overcooked vegetables, undercooked meat and poor options are the staples of Sodexo’s operation. It is no wonder that, along with frequent comments on the dull, under-seasoned taste, food poisoning complaints are rampant across the student body. Almost everybody has heard horror stories from friends about an unassuming trip to Sherman or Usdan turning into a digestive ordeal. While food poisoning is arguably the most concerning issue with Sodexo, poor quali-



ty and taste are still annoying. Some people might say Sodexo is not so bad, but, from the perspective of a person who was lucky enough to eat properly cooked and seasoned foods growing up, it is far from good enough. Properly seasoning food did not seem like it could be intimidating or difficult until I came to Brandeis last year. Food here either has too much salt or no seasoning at all. Personalized stir-fry is the only dish I have had here that consistently tastes good and, luckily, we can add our own sriracha and soy sauce. In addition, Sodexo offers too few options for vegetarians and people with more specialized diets. At times, generic salads are the only decent vegetarian option—and good luck if you do not like lettuce! I am tired of having soggy tofu slathered in watery barbecue sauce as my only protein choice and I am tired of Sodexo putting chicken in the pan


with every good pasta instead of on the side. Not to mention, tomatoes and black beans are in practically every vegetarian dish—and undeservingly so. I find getting enough protein is especially hard with the fear of food poisoning from undercooked meat looming, including within tofu. Since I have to limit my soy intake, Sodexo seemingly adds a lot of weird ingredients to classic dishes that make them even less appetizing. The Simple Servings initiative has good intentions for students with allergies, though the Lower Usdan stir fry station was not gluten-free as claimed—at least as recently as last month. The stir fry station is the most consistent source of decent food, but even still it is not entirely reliable. On the rare occasion that I use a meal swipe instead of using up my points at the C-Store or starving, I check the Sherman

and Usdan menus. Even if something sounds palatable online, it does not always translate that way through the Sodexo kitchens. I’m usually left with only fruit and cookies to eat. Either those or some random dish that was not on the menu, like “Cavatappi.” I still do not know what that is and, no, I do not want to find out. I enjoy a variety of international cuisines—however Sodexo happens to serve the worst parts of all of them. I know it is not my pickiness that makes Sodexo a poor provider for the amount of money I have to pay. Also, I should not have to sacrifice my diet for the convenience of living on-campus. Administrators argue that there is not enough room in the annual budget to change the dining situation right now, but hopefully they will consider students’ perspectives when the time comes to make a new supplier deal. Tuition costs us so much; we should at least get our money’s worth.

Why smoking has become cool again By James Feltner special to the hoot

Counterculture must be a circular process wherein one strain of thought, as it gains influence, suddenly becomes less appealing to the misfits of society, and its previous tyrannical overlord becomes the new status symbol for the trodden-upon in a perpetual cycle of shifting cultural attitudes. As an admittedly disgusting broad overgeneralization, let’s look at how music fads have worked in the past. In the 60s and 70s, rock music was synonymous with longhaired youth rebelling against their elders, using illicit substances, and promoting peace in the face of a war they deemed senseless—in other words the very definition of “cool.” Then, as these people and genres aged, folk and psychedelic rock became definitively doomed to the fate of rather uncool “dad music.” That is, until recently. A new subculture of young people pride themselves on their taste in this same music and relish in their status as atypical or even outcasts, making it “cool” once again to wear a Led Zeppelin T-shirt to your family reunion. There are ample examples like this in other places, like the swing revival in the 90s, nu metal in the early 2000s, and the “hip-hop revival” I would argue we are witnessing right now. Now, without letting the read-



er poke any holes in that argument, let’s turn to tobacco. Cigarettes were once very commonly used as a symbol for the refined, the erudite, and the sexy. With the advent of knowledge about the dangers of tobacco use, and a subsequent decades-long effort to weaken the stranglehold of the companies that sell it and to enlighten the public about the risk they take when smoking, we’ve reached a point where most people you ask will tell you that choosing to smoke is dangerous and leaves a bad impression. This is the mindset that permeated the culture of my peers and that I had adopt-

ed until a recent realization: smoking is paradoxically cool. My generation has, for its entire life, been made abundantly aware of the laundry list of diseases and complications directly related to tobacco. We have been advised to avoid their use and bullied into making pacts to never touch the stuff at unreasonably young ages. The dogma of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Truth, organizations that lead the fight against cigarettes, might as well be found inscribed on our DNA. Now, I pose a semi-rhetorical question: what is the “cool” way respond to perceived excessive authority and social obligation?

The obvious answer is rebellion. Smoking now has the potential to develop its own stylish and exclusive counterculture as a representation of those who have been stomped on by the cultural norm of being drug free. This is not even to mention the inherent “coolness” of understanding the risks associated with an act so clearly dangerous and considering the benefits to be worth the cost. I foresee the future of recreational tobacco use as a battle between the brainwashed acolytes of the middle school health class scripture, and the outsiders who, with the same information, have decided to set themselves

apart with a certain style and access to stress relief that they are willing to martyr themselves for. The curious reader may now be asking, “Well, James, which side do you find yourself on?” Contrary to my arguments, I have decided I will likely never become a habitual smoker for two important reasons. Firstly, I’m not cool, and would therefore be lying to myself if I pretended to fit in to this niche. I’d be a “poser,” if you will. Secondly, I calculate the opportunity cost of smoking much like most of my peers to be overwhelmingly in favor of abstinence. I’m not the type of person to risk later years of my life in favor of immediate gratification and stylishness. Tobacco isn’t in line with my personality. This article, furthermore, is not an endorsement of cigarettes or anything of the sort. That smoking now is on the very verge of becoming cool again doesn’t make it a good idea. Plenty of far worse examples of self-harm have masqueraded as fads before. However, this new classification should at the very least give the reader a certain comfortability with their choice either way. From now on, rather than look upon the inevitable horde of students smoking five feet from the library every night with only disgust, I will attribute another element, my own petty jealousy and respect for their sacrifices in the name of looking cool.


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Students need better access to indigenous studies By Rachel Wang staff

I feel ill-equipped to advocate for indigenous studies when I do not belong to an indigenous group, nor have exceptional expertise on indigenous issues. Yet, as much as feeling under qualified made me reluctant to write this article, it also propelled me to ask a question that ultimately led to my choice to write this article anyway: why do I know so little about indigenous people? This question was at the core of my reaction as I attended different events during the Intercultural Center’s (ICC) Indigenous People’s Day teach-in on Monday. Throughout the day, I became all too familiar with the cycle of emotions elicited through becoming aware of the hard truths and real injustices that impact native communities to this day. Shock—that it was common practice throughout the 20th century for the government to forcibly remove native children from their families and place them in white families to “save them from being Indian.” Heartbreak—that as these children were uprooted again and again from foster home to foster home, they often experienced unbelievable physical abuse and vehement rejection of their cultural roots. Anger—that this is not an issue of the past. According to a 2013 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, “since 2009, Native American children have had the highest rates of representation in foster care.” This anger folds into frustra-


tion. How is it that I’m only just now learning about this? Did anyone else know about this until today? What can be done to ensure that more people know about this? What can be done to ensure that we don’t forget this, but rather keep learning, listening, and taking informed action to combat these injustices? I think the work begins in the elementary school classroom— which, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, is an inherently political space if it perpetuates convenient fallacies and one-sided histories. The work begins with that first lesson about Christopher

Columbus. It begins with dispelling the myth that he discovered America. (He landed in the islands that we now call the Bahamas, and to say he “discovered” a place is to insinuate that it wasn’t already inhabited or civilized.) It begins with painting a far more nuanced picture of Columbus, whose legacy should not be blindly celebrated, but continuously critiqued for its precipitation of colonialism, native annihilation and weaponization of Christianity. Perhaps it shouldn’t even begin with addressing Columbus, but rather the people who had been living


in thriving, intelligent and complex societies hundreds of years before his arrival on their land. Most importantly, the work must continue beyond the elementary school classroom and into university lecture halls. I would argue that contexts of education are the most important places to include indigenous perspectives because to omit them would be to lie to students about world history. Institutions that purport to be truth-tellers (even unto its innermost parts) should then uphold their claims by making indigenous peoples and studies apparent in their faculty and curricula.

And, at the very least, these institutions should allow for the halt of all regular campus activities and classes on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, so students can fully dedicate their time to acquiring knowledge they have been especially deprived from acquiring. A student should never have to choose between learning about indigenous people and taking a midterm. A student should never have to worry about being penalized for missing class when they are attending a presentation about Native Hawaiians. So, although it is commendable that the Indigenous People’s Day Teach-In is now in its third year of running at Brandeis, its existence is not enough. What use is a teach-in if it is not accessible? It’s important that students actually have the freedom and availability to attend these kinds of events. That freedom is best afforded by canceling all other school functions for the day and recognizing that indigenous people deserve (at least) one day to make their stories heard. So why is it that I know so little about indigenous people? It’s because their bodies and voices have been systematically erased and excluded from physical spaces, intellectual spaces and social imaginations of current culture and society. I let that shock me, break me and even anger me. But I don’t let that anger turn me cynical. I let it lead me to learn and search for answers I am not given. My hope is that this institution will not hinder me from finding those answers, but that it will encourage and assist my pursuit.

The Rose Art museum should recognize the campus community By Linfei Yang special to the hoot

A little over a month ago from today was the advent of what once was a great Brandeis tradition— the semesterly opening of the Rose Art Museum. The slow decline of the museum into stagnation is reflected in the foregoing of the usual opening night to anyone who is not on the guest list or a donor. Gone is the ambitious advertising campaigns and the complementary coffee table that used to be a staple for the campus community, replaced by decay masquerading as a permanent installation. At the heart of the Rose lies a black hole where the reflecting pool under the staircase once stood. Who knows what goes on after its limited opening hours? Who has a say in the artworks that are displayed and the exhibitions that are assembled before every semester? In the time where there is such a necessity for transparency both on and off campus, will it have to take yet another bombshell for the Rose to produce its own 25-page report? This opaqueness is in great part what contributes to one of the biggest identity crises on campus. To us common Brandeis students, is the Rose Art Museum a right or a privilege? The current state of the museum certainly



seems to lean towards the latter. According to its website, we are supposed to be grateful by it being “always FREE” and take pride in its Picassos and Kusamas, among others. Yet, what is the use in clinging to these superfluous labels when in reality it is still virtually impossible for the everyday student to gain access to the over 9000 pieces of trapped artwork that the mu-

seum purports to be sitting on? Meanwhile the facts are clear, there is no reason for the Rose to not be a right for all Brandeisians if our tuition is actively being used towards its funding. But why is the Rose so hesitant towards even the tiniest bit of real student involvement? Currently, the biggest semblance of such an offering are solely the student gallery attendants,

which unfortunately just make the Rose appear to be more invested in making sure students do not touch the artworks rather than giving them more resources so they can fully explore the true breadth of knowledge that these artworks can provide us. In another example, the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum, or SCRAM, is an exemplary campus organization that has

done a great service to the student body with its many projects, yet even they do not a have much of a say in what gets to be put on in the Rose Art Museum. They meet more often in the art studios than inside the museum that their committee’s name mentions. And let’s not forget about the Rose interns. It is indisputable that they are more than qualified to be in that position, but has anyone heard of their existence until now? Has anyone ever been reached out to by a Rose Art Intern? Don’t worry, I was as surprised as you are. Because the truth is clear, we know better than this. We are Brandeis students. In fact, we demand better than this. The reality outlined in the stunning report announced by the finance administrators in the community meeting almost a year ago still rings in our minds to this day, and the reality of the Rose as one of the few “world-renowned art institutions” without a gift shop or a café or any tangible means for the community to be involved in is only beginning to sink in. It is time that the museum trusted Brandeisians whose money they use as much as the curators who they deem to know more than us. It is the only way for the Rose to avoid another repeat of the closure crisis that happened years ago.


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EDITORALS In light of recent events

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MISSION As the weekly community student newspaper of Brandeis University, The Brandeis Hoot aims to provide our readers with a reliable, accurate and unbiased source of news and information. Produced entirely by students, The Hoot serves a readership of 6,000 with in-depth news, relevant commentary, sports and coverage of cultural events. Recognizing that better journalism leads to better policy, The Brandeis Hoot is dedicated to the principles of investigative reporting and news analysis. Our mission is to give every community member a voice.


e stand in solidarity with the demonstrators of Monday’s protest on the Rabb steps and their pursuit of justice for survivors of sexual assault. As a newspaper, we strive to use our platform to raise awareness about issues, shed light on injustice, keep the community informed and spur readers to action. We urge the administration to take further action. In Tuesday’s email to the student body, President Ron Liebowitz said, “For those who have faced sexual violence or who are feeling especially vulnerable, please remember this: Brandeis cares.” President Liebowitz failed to mention Monday’s protest in his email. The students protesting on the Rabb steps allowed themselves to be publically vulnerable. What is Liebowitz, and the rest of the Brandeis administration, doing to directly address the problem of sexual assault on campus? Pointing them to various resources that have not helped students before? What do they have to say to students who feel they’ve been failed by the university? The email also noted that faculty with relevant coursework were asked to build in class time to discuss sexual violence. Why is discussion limited to certain disciplines? Sexual assault should be discussed in classrooms across campus, regardless of subject matter. Students in business seminars and biology classes should

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have to take a few minutes to touch on the confirmation hearings and civil rights in the U.S. “Relevant coursework” on these issues should be fundamental, not supplementary—and shouldn’t be limited to departments like Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies. There are many ways to respond to trauma and raise awareness around an issue. This week, The Brandeis Hoot aims to raise awareness through this editorial and through news coverage of Monday’s protest on the Rabb steps. The function of a newspaper is to report on events that impact the community it serves. Because The Hoot is a campus newspaper, we report on events related to the Brandeis community. Therefore, anything that happens in a public space at Brandeis is of interest to us and merits news coverage. How that coverage is handled comes down to journalistic ethics, which is why we opted to publicize an image of the demonstrators at the event. The Editors-in-Chief made this decision after reviewing The Hoot’s ethics policy in detail, which requires us to provide a reliable, accurate and unbiased source of news. It is our duty not to misrepresent events, and deliberate distortion is never permissible. The photos we used in the article represent the protest well. We are obligated to provide the fullest possible coverage of the event.

We understand the need for sensitivity when covering events of this nature, but public events do not guarantee anonymity. When an event takes place in a public space, the people choosing to participate in that space sacrifice their privacy and do not get to choose if the media reports on it or what parts they report. We want to make it clear that we have published a photo of the entire demonstration in our print copy, but will not be identifying anyone by name or publishing any photos that include demonstrators’ faces on our website or on social media. Although we feel we did the right thing from a journalistic standpoint, the issue challenged us as members of the Brandeis community. As students, we support and uphold the values of the demonstration. Members of our editorial board have also faced sexual assault and harassment. We believe in holding the administration accountable and pursuing justice for survivors. Only through the practice of sound journalistic ethics can we seek to accomplish these goals. We encourage the community to engage with us and share their opinions about the media coverage of the demonstration, even if these opinions are critical of The Hoot. Ryan Spencer and Sabrina Chow did not contribute to this editorial.

Corrections: In the Senate log published in the Oct. 5 issue, Jake Rong was

incorrectly listed as a member of the class of 2020. He is a member

of the class of 2021.


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Make it up yourself: an improv course By Jennifer Cook editor

To those who have never danced before, sometimes the most daunting part of dance is memorizing three minutes or more of complicated moves. For those looking to dance in a more relaxed environment, Sarah Lavin ’21 provides a nurturing, stressfree space for anyone to dance, regardless of skill level. Lavin is in the process of creating an Independent Interdisciplinary Major combining neuroscience, studio art and education and is also considering a minor in psychology. She has been very involved with dance on campus: she is on the E-Board for Adagio Dance Company as dance ensemble coordinator, is a member of Dance Ensemble and choreographs for Adagio Dance Company. Dance is so integral to Lavin’s life that she wanted to continue doing it in college through Adagio. Dance has always played a very large role in Lavin’s life; so much so that she can not remember a time in her life without it. She has been dancing since she was two years old, and as she grew up, the dance studio she attended became a second home. She eventually

became part of the competition team at the studio, and even attended dance conventions where she had the opportunity to learn from the likes of Travis Wall and Robert Roldan, notable contestants on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. After she left her studio, she joined the varsity dance competition team at her high school and participated in that throughout her high school career. Once she had the ability to dance on her own outside of a group, she had the ability to truly step outside of her comfort zone. She notes that one of her “biggest accomplishments as a dancer was my first and only solo that I learned and performed senior year of high school.” “Being onstage by myself was simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. Having the ability to share my passion and hard work in a piece that was completely me as a dancer was extraordinary,” said Lavin. “One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a dancer would be how easy it is to compare the way that I dance to other dancers.” Therefore, while Lavin benefitted from all her formal training in dance, she realized over time that dance was more to her than just

hitting certain moves and looking picture-perfect. “I started off being taught to focus on technique, performance, perfectly put together hair and makeup and a can-do attitude. Yes, this was important to learn from a young age in order to succeed in the competition world, but what I have come to learn is that to me, dance is much more than a comparison or competition. To me, dance is a form of emotional freedom and artistic expression,” explained Lavin. Coming from a world of competition, where dancers learn routines from choreographers, Lavin explains that the freedom of moving to music without instruction has truly impacted her the most strongly. “Dance improvisation is where I feel at home in the dance world because it lets me express and understand my feelings without having to use words,” said Lavin. In order to share this attitude with other dancers, Lavin has created her very own improv class at Brandeis. In order to keep the class as relaxed as possible, she gives her dancers a lot of artistic liberty. For example, “if they don’t like a song that is played, they can lie down on the floor until it is over. If they want to give themselves their own prompt, they are free to do that too.” Throughout the class, Lavin provides dancers with suggested prompts to keep the class moving. She does so in order to foster creativity and new experiences and to “change the movement and allow the dancers to find new ways in which they can dance that they haven’t necessarily experienced before.” “This could include playing with dynamics by providing adjectives for them to interpret or playing with levels by suggesting that they only do floorwork for an entire song,” said Lavin. “Each class is different, and though I plan out different prompts, I always ask the dancers how they are feeling and reflect on that to


enhance the class.” She hopes that through prompts like this, she can help fellow dancers to discover their own affinities within dance. “I think improv is important in any dancer’s weekly life because it serves as a way to collect your thoughts, create something new, and exude emotion...The ability to give someone else a place to feel safe and free to express themselves and see how my class has made their day better is truly heartwarming. Improv is so special to me and being able to share that with others is truly amazing,” said Lavin. Lavin’s class is a secret gem at Brandeis. Because she only recently started it, her biggest difficulty has been getting people to join. “It is always hard when

you start something new because there are always problems to be worked out, and in this case, people having availability has been an issue, as well as people not really knowing what the class would be and not having the time to try it out. I really urge anyone who is interested or has questions about the class to contact me and try it out!” said Lavin. For those who are interested, Lavin’s class is on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in Gosman Dance Studio. It is completely open to anyone interested in dancing, no matter the experience level. Lavin is also available at for anyone who might have questions, or who wants to be added to her spreadsheet.

Elegy class explores modern views on death By Polina Potochevska editor

Many English classes focus on the human experience and what it means to be alive. They focus on the various literary forms such as prose, poetry and essays that discuss the experiences that we all share: love, joy, adventure and much more. Until this semester, there were no classes about the other inevitability of the human experience: death. Professor David Sherman (ENG) has been working at Brandeis for 10 years. For the first time, he is teaching his new class ENG 148A: Inventing Farewell: A Practicum on Elegy. As written in the course description, “Every modern generation re-invents its relation to the dead. This course explores recent experiments in poetic elegy that construct the presence of the dead and work through loss.” Sherman has taught classes of a wide range of topics, from 20th century English and U.S. litera-

ture, to magical realism and storytelling performance. However, this is his first time teaching a class about elegy. “Inventing Farewell is a class on contemporary elegy; poetry about death and dead people, but it’s a practicum, so our project is to use elegy to think about practical things we can do in the world,” said Sherman. “It’s really hard to feel like you can do anything in the face of death… as a practicum the course is designed to help us be creative and to have agency [in the face of] this difficult challenge.” Sherman explained that a problem of the modern world is that we’re removed from the world of death and mortuary practices. “We’re sort of illiterate in death practices and this is just a modern situation because technical specialists and government agencies regulate death and this is just not how it was for most of human history,” said Sherman. He believes that grief is too lonely in the modern world, and hopes that the class can help students think about new practices

and art forms that make grief feel less lonely. Students in the class read a variety of poetry and perspectives, and also various literary forms such as prose and letters. “I’m interested in a wide range of contemporary perspectives… we’re not unified by one religion or one cultural background and so that’s actually a helpful thing to learn [about death] from a wide range of perspectives… like sort of a random assortment of other ways that people try to figure out this puzzle about the modernization of death,” said Sherman. The writing is analyzed in close conversation with other types of innovation in terms of mourning and memorial work, such as mortuary practices, funerary architecture, historical monuments and cemetery design. An example of a new practice is that of the Burning Man event in Black Rock City, a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada. “...There’s always a temple where people go to inscribe the names of people they’ve lost or they want to speak

to and there’s little improvised altars... and at the end of five days they burn down the whole thing... for people who participate it’s really moving, therapeutic. That’s the sort of thing that interests me that satisfies a need for a lot of people, we’re looking at the way poetry is in conversation with other material practices,” said Sherman. As a practicum, students have an experiential component of the course where they will research local memorial acts and commemorative spaces in order to design their own, according to the course description. Sherman said the students have taken trips to cemeteries, such as Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. “It’s one of the oldest planned park-like cemeteries in the US. The landscaping is amazing,” explained Sherman of the rolling hills, winding paths, memorials and sculptures. “It’s beautiful but there’s nothing in particular to do, so you just think, kind of unusual thoughts, about what you are doing now in this stage of your life,” said Sher-

man. The class will also visit the grave of Abram L. Sachar, the first president of Brandeis University, and his wife, Thelma, which is located near the Sachar International Center (also known as the International Business School). Sherman mentioned it could be a metaphor for the way that the dead are treated today, because not many people know that they are buried on the Brandeis campus. “The modern world pushes the dead aside,” said Sherman. Another experiential project students will work on at the end of the semester involves interviewing a professional or practitioner in the world of mortuary practices, grief counseling, hospice care or design to learn practical skills and get deeper into the relevant cultural questions. “Poetry about death, elegies, they’re also poetry about love, and power and hope. Elegies aren’t just about death and that’s one thing we’re realizing, that it’s a class about saying farewell but also about going on to lead a life,” said Sherman.

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Women’s soccer ranked #10 in the nation By Gillian O’Malley staff



Back in action and looking for vengeance following last week’s loss, the Brandeis women’s soccer team earned a victory on the road this weekend versus Carnegie Mellon University. The Judges had a strong presence with their pair of second half goals which improved them to 9-1 and 2-0-0 (UAA) overall. Due to lightning and poor playing conditions, the game was delayed over two hours on Saturday afternoon. The first half was scoreless, however Brandeis maintained an advantage of shots on goal, 5-3. Shortly after the second half began, sophomore Daria Bakhtiari ’21 finally hit one in off the

Men’s tennis Ng and Chen win Wallach doubles title By Camila Casanueva staff

The Brandeis men’s tennis team traveled up to Maine for the weekend for the Bates College James Wallach Invitational. For the second straight year a Brandeis tandem took home the A doubles flight trophy. This year the victorious combo was Tyler Ng ’19 and Jeff Chen ’22. The senior-first year combo defeated an Amherst duo in the first round, 8-6. In the second match of the day the Judges were able to hold off host Bates winning the match 8-7 in the quarterfinals on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s semifinal round. The Brandeis duo came to play on Sunday, showing out and stunning the ITA Regional Champions from Bowdoin, taking the match 8-6 to reach the finals. Ng and Chen fell to the Bowdoin doubles team in the ITA Regional tournament just two weeks ago. In the championship round, they defeated another Amherst team, 8-5 to claim the title for the second year in a row. Last year, in the 2017-18 season, it was


David Aizenberg ’20 (abroad for the fall season) and Anupreeth Coramutla ’21 who took home the Wallach A doubles title. Another Brandeis duo Rajan Vohra ’21 and Nikhil Das ’21 reached the second round of the tournament with a 8-3 victory over a duo from Wheaton. The sophomore doubles team then fell in the quarterfinals to Amherst, 8-1. On the singles side of the tournament, Chen supplemented his strong doubles showing with an impressive run in singles. He led the Judges with the top singles performance, reaching the semifinals of the B flight. After earning a bye, Chen defeated a player from Trinity in the second round, 6-3 and 6-2. He then knocked off a Bowdoin player in the quarterfinals, taking the match 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 to reach the semis. He pushed eventual champion Zach Bessette of Amherst to the brink with an impressive performance before falling in a third set, super tiebreaker, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-6. Das and Coramutla represented Brandeis in the A singles flight, each winning a match against tough competition. Das defeated

a player from host team Bates in a close three-setter, 3-6, 6-2, 103, before falling to the eventual champion Scott Altmeyer of Colby, 6-2, 6-2. Coramutla defeated a Colby player in the first round, again in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 10-3, but then fell to an Amherst player who would eventually make the finals of the A flight, 6-1, 6-1. Also in the B flight of the tournament, Vohra knocked off a Wheaton player winning the match, 6-4, 6-4, before falling to an Amherst player in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. In C flight play, Ng defeated a player from Trinity, 6-0, 6-3, but fell in the quarterfinals in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. Lastly, In D flight action, Benjamin Wolfe and Ben Maffa each won a first round match. Wolfe beat a Trinity player, 6-3, 6-0. While Maffa took down a Skidmore player, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). The Judges are back in action this upcoming weekend at home for the Brandeis-Tufts Invitational to wrap up their fall schedule. The A flight of the tournament will be played at Tufts, while the B flight will be played on Brandeis’s home courts. They’ll compete against strong northeastern competition.


left post over the CMU goalie to take the lead. Bakhtiari was the game leader in shots taken on net, with a total of 4. For the final goal of the game, junior Katie Hayes ’20 solidified the lead unassisted, scoring off an intercepted pass about 25 yards out. Hayes claimed the team lead of 5 goals this season, improving her shooting percentage of .263 percent to also be the best as well. In their defeat against another nationally ranked University Athletic Association (UAA) school, the Judges maintained a shooting advantage, 10-6, and corner kick advantage, 7-3, both for the ninth straight game. Compared to five saves from CMU’s goalie, Carolyn Botz, junior Sierra Dana ’20 had a solid performance in net with

3 saves, earning her a second solo shutout this season. For this week’s sideline accomplishments, this weekend’s win was the time Brandeis has beat a ranked opponent this season, after playing Tufts, MIT and of course CMU. Overall, both Judges teams came back to Boston with a sweep on the road of CMU for the first time in school history. Next up for the 10th ranked Judges is the last pair of home appearances, this Friday versus Rochester University and Sunday versus Emory University. On Sunday, Brandeis recognizes the team’s eight seniors on Senior Day; Captain Hannah Maatallah, Captain Emily Thiem, Captain Becca Buchman, Julia Jaffe, Minjee Lee, Julia Matson, Sasha Sunday, and Sam Volpe.

Devan Casey leads Judges to victory over #8 CMU


By Sophie Trachtenberg staff

The Brandeis men’s soccer team headed down to Pittsburgh, PA, to take on UAA conference opponent Carnegie Mellon University, defeating them 1-0 and giving the Carnegie Mellon Tartans their first loss on the season. Despite the battle being quite physical—with a total of 22 fouls (14 on Brandeis and eight on Carnegie Mellon) and a total of 11 yellow cards (six on Brandeis and five on Carnegie Mellon)— Brandeis managed to pull off another win on the road. Devan Casey ’19 boasted the game’s only goal, happening in the 37th minute of the first half of the game. Casey took advantage of a Carnegie Mellon turnover in the defensive zone, launching a shot on goal from 20 yards out and landing it near the left post. In addition to this shot, the Judges shot another seven times in the first half in comparison to the Tartans’ three attempts. However, in the second half, CMU picked up their offensive game, shooting seven times, while Brandeis had zero. Despite the increase in attacks, Greg Irwin ’20 posted yet another shutout, making three of his four total saves in the second half to protect Casey’s lone goal. This performance was


Irwin’s fifth shutout of the season, making it the sixth of his career. For his outstanding performances, Casey was awarded the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week by the UAA after being involved in all three goals over the course of the week that led the Judges to their wins against both Carnegie Mellon and MIT. In the game against MIT, he scored the first goal of the game and assisted the second, giving the Judges a 2-1 advantage in the win. His goal scored against Carnegie Mellon was his first game-winner of his career, adding to his total of three goals overall this season. This win propels the Judges to a 6-4-1 record overall, standing at 1-0-1 in UAA play. Meanwhile, the No. 8-ranked Carnegie Mellon team falls to 8-1-2 overall, landing at 1-1-0 in conference play. For the past five years, the two teams have a 4-0-1 record, with Brandeis as the reigning victors. With the No. 10 ranked women also defeating CMU in a 2-0, the Judges completed their very first road sweep of the Tartans. Returning to the field in Waltham this upcoming weekend, the Judges take on another conference opponent, University of Rochester, on Friday at 5 p.m. They’ll return to the field again on Sunday at 11 a.m. for another UAA match-up against Emory University.

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Swimming wins pentathlon at Roger Williams By Candace Ng editor

The Brandeis University swimming and diving team (BUSDT) opened their 2018-2019 season with a pentathlon meet at Roger Williams University (RWU) on Oct. 6. Under the coaching of recently appointed Head Coach Nicole Carter, the Judges took home the victory with Tamir Zitelny ’20 winning the pentathlon and rookie Claire Xu ’22 winning overall for the women’s division. The pentathlon format calls for each swimmer to swim five events—100 yards of each of the four strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and a 100-yard individual medley (IM). The swimmer with the fastest combined time wins the meet. The men’s team was victorious in all five individual events, in addition to Zitelny’s overall win. Zitelny finished first in the pentathlon with a time of 4:44.71, a nearly six second lead before any other competitor. This is Zitelny’s first pentathlon win, having


placed second in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He won four of his five races: the butterfly with a time of 52.20 seconds, the backstroke with a time of 55.88, the freestyle with a time of 49.25 and the IM with a time of 57.31.


Rookie Brendon Lu ’22 came in third overall, placing second in the breaststroke with a time of 1:02.64, third in the IM with a time of 57.65 seconds and fourth in the butterfly with a time of 55.67. Daniel Wohl ’21 also had a strong performance, winning

Red Sox clinch American League Championship By Shea Decker-Jacoby editor

The Boston Red Sox secured their spot in the second round of playoffs with their final win against the New York Yankees in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a 4-3 victory. The Red Sox seemed unfazed coming into this American League Division Series Game 4 after their loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park. After the game, fans could hear Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blasting from the club house. The Red Sox were determined to get the win for Boston and return home as champions. The series started off strong for the Red Sox with the first win of the series at Fenway. They started the game with three runs in the first inning and two in the third inning. It was a quiet two innings, then the Yankees got on the board with two runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. Despite the Yankees’ efforts, they

were unable to overcome the five run deficit that was established in the first three innings. The Yankees and the Red Sox took the field at Fenway again for the second game in the series. Despite playing on their home field again, the Red Sox fell short. The Yankees scored runs in the first two innings; one in the first and two more in the second inning. The Red Sox finally got on the board with a run in the fourth and again in the seventh, but the Yankees had already secured their win with three runs earlier in the inning. The next game of the series was two days later at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox were the first on the board in the second inning with a single run and scored nine more times before the Yankees scored their first and only run of the game. The Red Sox finished the game silencing all fans with a crushing 16-1 defeat. The team optimized almost every hit they had that game with 16 runs, 18 hits and no errors. The Yankees only had five hits and, successful-

ly, zero errors. The next night the Red Sox had the chance to take the American League championship trophy back to Boston when the rivals returned to the mound. It was a scoreless two innings, until the Red Sox took the lead in the third inning with three runs, and pushed their lead even farther in the fourth inning with another run. The Yankees got themselves on the board with a single run in the fifth inning, but couldn’t take on the lead that the Red Sox had gained earlier in the game. The Red Sox finished on top with a final score of 4-3 to take the American League Championship while the only song ringing in the locker room was the classic “New York, New York.” The Red Sox had four runs off eight hits and the Yankees had three runs off five hits and one error. The Red Sox will now compete in the League Championship Series beginning on Oct. 13 against the previous World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, at Fenway Park.

the breaststroke race with a time of 1:02.35, and securing second-place finishes in the freestyle with a time of 49.25 seconds and the butterfly with a time of 55.42 seconds. Wohl fell out of the overall standings due to a disqualification in the IM event.

On the women’s side, Xu won with a cumulative time of 5:32.76. Xu placed first in the 100 IM with a time of 1:06.15, second in the butterfly with a time of 1:04.13, fourth in the backstroke with a time of 58.08 seconds and sixth in the breaststroke with a time of 1:16.10. Senior Kylie Herman ’19 placed fourth overall, placing third in the butterfly with a time of 1:04.19, fourth in the freestyle at 58.08 seconds and fifth in the IM with a time of 1:08.07. Sophomores Audrey Kim ’21 and Emily McGovern ’21 produced two second-place finishes in the backstroke and the breaststroke races respectively, with Kim finishing with a time of 1:04.14 and McGovern finishing with a time of 1:12.70. Olivia Stebbins ’22 and Gazelle Umbay ’22 earned fifthplace finishes in the breaststroke and the butterfly; Stebbins finished the breaststroke with a time of 1:14.02 and Umbay finished the butterfly with a time of 1:04.61. The Judges will travel to compete against the Hartwick College Hawks on Oct. 19 and Vassar College Brewers on Oct. 20 for their first dual meets of the season.

Volleyball takes on Round 1 of UAAs


The Hoot’s Sports Editor Shea Decker-Jacoby ‘19 and teammates play against Washington University at St. Louis. UAA ROUND ROBIN





and 0-3 in the UAA.

The team currently has a 7-9 overall season record


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‘Dawnland’ screening provokes difficult discussion By Noah Harper editor

“Whose land are we on today?” asked Mishy Lesser, learning director of the team behind the film, at the beginning of the Indigenous People’s Day screening of “Dawnland.” It was a point that was reiterated throughout the film and resulting panel conversation, the ramifications of which have perhaps not been fully considered by Brandeis University. If we are indeed occupiers of someone else’s land, and the colonial project is not yet over, then how should an organization that says it’s devoted to social justice respond? The film was a documentary--set to air on PBS’s Independent Lens program later in the fall--telling the story of a Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission into the alleged abuses in the state’s child welfare system from 1978 to 2012. 1978 was the year the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed, a first pass by Congress at providing some sort of protections to maintain indigenous communities--to keep Native American children from being sent out to white foster homes. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was the first of its kind in the United States, a governmental program examining “what has happened to Wabanaki children and families between now and 1978, when the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed...specifically centered on the State of Maine’s child welfare practices.” Inspired by a similar 1990s

South African commission by leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, the commission took statements from hundreds of indigenous persons in Maine, and then wrote a detailed, 90-page report on their findings. But “Dawnland,” the documentary about the process, focuses on the people and their stories. There’s harrowing footage of Wabanaki people giving their testimonies about individual experiences in the Maine Child Welfare System. “I can’t get over the nightmares,” one older woman says, trembling. “Where was the state? They were supposed to protect us.” The film draws a parallel between 19th and 20th century practices of taking indigenous children, shipping them hundreds of miles away, cutting their hair and severing them from their culture. A young woman, detailing her experience in the foster care system, spoke about how when she finally returned to her community and was at her first pow-wow, she didn’t know how to dance. Her culture had been taken from her. As people speak of their experiences and are heard, it’s obvious that this kind of structure has been sorely needed. It was an opportunity for the hurt to finally give voice to the pain they’d been holding up inside. “It takes a little bit of a load off us,” the same older woman says later on, “And makes us realize that, yes, there are people that really care.” The process becomes more difficult as the TRC moves past

collecting stories and into deciding what actions to recommend taking. Near the end of the film, one of the commissioners on the TRC, Maine’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, talks about how 500 years of hurt and deception aren’t just going to go away. The question that “Dawnland” provokes is “What should we do now?” The motto of the TRC is “Truth, Healing, Change.” I saw a lot of truth, and the first steps toward healing, but change seemed far off. Mishy Lesser, in the panel talk afterwards, filled in some of the gaps, saying that there’s now a committee of indigenous women who meet monthly with Maine Child Welfare—moving away from “the view from the boat,” as Lesser called it. That might be the problem with Dawnland: the subject being of such scope and profound impact, the continuing legacy of which we cannot come close to grappling with—this story cannot be told in a 54 minute documentary edited for television. But it started a discussion where there previously was none. The talk after, featuring panelists from Brandeis and abroad, chaired by Professor Gordie Fellman of the sociology department, featured disparate voices giving input and feedback about the ideas the film had provoked. While the panel itself was uninspiring, offering little in terms of practical means of grappling with and rectifying this extremely problematic past, the questions and comments from the audience elevated the conversation. This changed, however, when members of local indigenous


tribes in the audience stood up and asked these questions. One man, from the Cothutikut Mattakeeset Massachuset tribe, asked if the University was willing to put its resources towards change, “Are you willing to spend your money? Because you’ve got thousands of people here in Massachusetts.” As he asked for tangibles, the panel visibly squirmed—especially

as he asked about how they’d go about taking things “from the intellectual from the real.” That question went relatively unanswered. The lesson is that Indigenous People’s Day and the “Dawnland” documentary are a good start, but they’re only the first steps. Brandeis as an institution can’t claim ignorance or absolution. This isn’t our land.

‘Cabin Sam’ an inspiring example of original theater By Ben Beriss editor

How much damage can trauma and isolation do to our minds? Is it possible to stray so far from society you cannot come back? And what if society self-destructs while you’re not there? “Cabin Sam: A Post-Apocalyptic Guide to Making Friends,” a chilling story of survival and trauma, poses these questions beautifully while dipping between lyrically unhinged rants, awkward small talk and inspirational slam poetry with contrasting nightmarish stories of subsistence. “Cabin Sam” is an original play created by Otis Fuqua ’19, who presented a staged reading directed by Gabe Walker ’19 last weekend. And in doing so, he introduced the world to a story which grabs its audience by their inner darkness and shows them what happens when that darkness is permitted to gain control. The show is framed around the memoirs of Sam (Sophia Massidda ’20), a mysterious hermit who lives (mostly) alone in the titular cabin after the apocalypse. But humans are, in Sam’s words, social animals. They have created a (supposedly) imaginary “colleague” Radam (Ryan Sands ’19), who manifests as a truly terrifying personification of Sam’s id. The

two initially maintain an uneasy rhythm with Radam entertaining Sam with stories and songs shaped mainly by a disturbingly violent “big knife” kill-or-bekilled philosophy constrained by Sam’s commands. Their rhythm, however, is thrown off when Sam receives a message from a colony of survivors working to rebuild and, against Radam’s warnings, summons the recruiter/vetter Seeve (Talia Bornstein ’19) and kicks the show into gear. Seeve is enthusiastically friendly and determined to help Sam regain trust in others so they can join the new society. But as Sam gradually realizes how much they need companionship, Radam gains an increasingly independent character, insisting the world is too cutthroat for friendship to exist. The colony attempts to lure Sam into a trap to kill and eat him and Sam must take decisive, primal action (penetrate or kill) to survive. Sam, instinctively distrustful of others yet starved for affection, is caught in between the two but begins to pull towards their own inner voice with disturbing consequences. This dynamic, and its underlying emotions, are shown in electrifying detail on the stage. Fuqua’s language, developed with help from the rest of the creative team, is perfectly suited to each character and gripping as all hell.

Sam’s musings on how insane they have become, filled metaphors of self-imposed torture and images of acids baths, are disturbingly easy to understand and even, at times, sympathize with. While lucid at least, they can sum up their own situation with a strikingly beautiful lyricism clearly, yet the deterioration they describe is obvious in frequent descents into frantic, semi-nonsensical rants reminiscent of the worst panic attacks when they approach their core problems they cannot find answers for. Massida delivers these monologues impressively, escalating from lucid to panicked seamlessly and then snapping back with Sam’s distinctive disorienting self-awareness. Sam’s brother in mind, Radam, embraces Sam’s ranting, largely ditching metaphor for rapid and graphic description of violence and horror framed in jarringly comic terms, but occasionally switching on a dime from the Joker into a sad jester who cares about their “jellyfish” Sam. Sands is superb in this role, at once truly terrifying and hilarious. He talks to Sam with just enough earnestness to make it impossible to tell whether he urges violence out of concern for them or a manipulative desire to destroy them. Outside of this inner world, the dialogue loses much of its poetics. Nervous, Sam speaks in short

but skeptical sentences and Seeve dominates, with a spirit reminiscent of a kindergarten teacher crossed with an orientation leader, turning every comment into a compliment towards Sam and insisting on conversation topics which could have come out of “post-apocalypse icebreakers.” Even when describing how Seeve’s parents died, Bornstein keeps the character’s professional smile on and makes the story uncomfortably cheesy. The smile stays until Sam, torn between their twin impulses, lives up to their increasingly horror-movie-esque inner dialogue and takes drastic action, moving the show towards a dramatic ending which only raises more questions about both the show and ourselves. “Cabin Sam” is truly one of the most exciting new shows I’ve ever seen. It packages questions about how and why we treat each other the way we do, how much we need social interaction, the effects of trauma, our capability to commit atrocities and more in a compelling story shown to the audience through deeply impressive writing and a perfectly matching performance. The show is certainly not finished. It faces some thematic mismatches stemming from the way it eventually positions Sam as almost unambiguously a villain and Seeve a

hero, while offering tantalizing glimpses of more nuanced roles and some confused commentary on the true viability of society. The story of a man torn between distrust of society and a person offering acceptance, but only in a society, set against the backdrop of a society which self-destructed offers an excellent opportunity to question if society should be sustained. And while some moments display this theme, such as when Seeve refuses to entertain questions from Sam about the new colony’s economy, they are rarely reinforced and end up being overshadowed by a position of Radam as a devil, Seeve an angel and Sam’s eventual listening to Radam as a moral “falling.” The world of the show is also hard to grasp, though this is more due to the nature of a staged reading. Given the impressive costumes and set designs created by Haa R’nana Bchiri ’20 and Molly Rocca ’20 respectively, it seems clear the actual world could be easily developed for a full staging of the work. I hope someone tells me when this show gets a full staging, because I want to be there on opening night. In the meantime, Fuqua, if you read this, I ask that you start a podcast of just monologues from Sam and Radam (preferably performed by Massidda and Sands). They are deliciously disturbing and I want more.

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Jonah at NYFF part 2: ‘Burning,’ ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and ‘High Life’ By Jonah Koslofsky staff

“It’s hard to describe it with words. You have to see it to believe it.” – Hae-mi, “Burning” I wasn’t supposed to see “Burning.” I didn’t get a ticket. In hindsight, I don’t know why this movie wasn’t a higher priority: I’d heard A.A. Dowd (one of my favorite critics, more on him later) sing its praises back in May at Cannes, and “Burning” has already been selected by South Korea as its entry for “Best Foreign Language Film” at next year’s Oscars. Anyway, I am so glad I caught “Burning”– this tense “thriller” is not to be missed. Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in), an aimless recent college grad, is in a tight spot. His father has recently been arrested for assault facing serious jail time, he’s been left to take care of the family farm outside the suburban city of Paju and he’s relying on odd jobs for cash. But when he reconnects with Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo), a childhood friend, things seem like they might be turning around. If Jong-su sounds pretty passive for a main character, that’s because he is—yet this actually works to the film’s advantage. The beginning of “Burning” is a portrait of restrained filmmaking, slowly painting a picture of Jong-su’s life and letting us invest in the minutia of his day-to-day. But this quiet cannot last: Haemi returns from a trip to Africa with a new friend, Ben (Steven Yeun). Immediately described by Jong-su as a “Gatsby,” Ben is a domineering force from the minute he enters the frame. When they first meet, he casually confesses to Jong-su that he’s never cried, then drives off in a Porsche. The tension just builds and builds from here: It’s never quite clear if Ben just competing with Jong-su for Hae-mi’s affections or if this dude is a sociopath. This is in large part thanks to the strength of Steven Yeun’s (“Walking Dead,” “Sorry to Bother You”) performance as Ben. He’s pitch-perfect here, keeping the audience exactly the right distance from Ben’s psyche. Everyone else on screen keeps up with Yeun, a small but talented cast that all work to escalate the suspense. I daresay “Burning” is thoroughly Hitchcock-ian, right down to the theme of constructed identities and pasts. It’s definite-

ly as tense as a Hitchcock movie, simmering before concluding on a stark and fitting note. I’m not familiar with director Lee Changdong’s work, but from his impressive resume of Cannes nominations, one clearly should be. Chang-dong’s camerawork is never showy, but there’s a consistent quality to the shots. But if there’s one aspect where he actually outdoes Hitchcock, it’s in his social commentary: “Burning” has a lot to say about class, done in a way that’s subtler–and more effective– than what was on offer in Yeun’s last movie. At two and a half hours, this isn’t a short movie, but that runtime is earned—you wouldn’t want to rush “Burning.” See it when you can—don’t pass on “Burning” as I nearly did. Up next was the Coen brothers’ new film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Originally envisioned as an anthology television series, “Buster Scruggs” is a forward-thinking, lean piece of cinema. It’s also one of the Coens’ bleakest works, tapping into the same misery that’s at the core of “No Country for Old Men” and “Inside Llewellyn Davis.” It’s difficult to evaluate “Buster Scruggs” because it’s not really a movie—it’s more like six bite-sized Coens flicks in one. I assume this would have made a six-episode season of television, and the transfer to a feature hasn’t been an entirely positive development. The segments are connected by a storybook structure and tied together by a few common themes and images but seriously vary in terms of quality. At the Q&A afterwards, Joel and Ethan explained that these stories were written over a 25-year period. That tracks—it’s not that “Buster Scruggs” isn’t coherent, but it’s nowhere near the best Coens script. The second and third vignettes, in particular, look like they’ve had a lot cut. They’re also the two of the weakest pieces, featuring a miserable James Franco (who does get one hilarious line in) and an equally miserable Liam Neeson. That third segment verges on addressing the critique that Coens’ make the same movie every time, but the movie never really pushes that envelope anywhere interesting. The first segment is a winner: The titular Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) is an utterly ridiculous take on the cowboy archetype, opening the


films with lots of singing, laughs and violence. Credit where credit is due: In the hands of any other filmmakers the radical tonal shifts would come across as jarring. Then again, “if we could have come up with a better title,” mused Joel, “we would have.” By this point, the Coens really know how to make a western. Their 2010 remake of “True Grit” proved as much, but where “Grit” packed impressive visuals from cinematographer Roger Deakins, “Scruggs” is not so lucky. Working again with Bruno Delbonnel–a frequent collaborator who shot “Inside Llewellyn Davis”–the images have a digital tinge that verges on too slick. The film doesn’t lack texture entirely (showing improvement on “ILD”), and this is all personal preference, but shouldn’t a western look a little grimier? But “Buster Scruggs” also has a few peak Coen moments up its sleeve. The fourth vignette, starring Tom Waits as a prospector, is great, and seriously improves due to the cut exposition (I mean, I don’t know for sure, maybe this was always going to be a minimalist interlude). Meanwhile, the episode that follows (starring Zoe Kazan) is the most fully formed and, eventually, the most tragic. I didn’t much care for the ending, but the final puzzle piece does a lot of heavy lifting in terms of tying the film together (see what I did there?). Joel and Ethan also know how


to make a comeback. Their careers have never been in jeopardy. However, they followed the middling “Hudsucker Proxy” (1994) with “Fargo” (1996). They rebounded from “The Lady Killers” (2004) with the groundbreaking and Oscar-worthy “No Country for Old Men.” And after the lukewarm reception of “Hail, Caesar!,” they’re back with their most accessible film to date. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will be on Netflix before the end of the year, and there’s literally nothing to lose from giving it a shot. See if you like the first segment, turn it off if you don’t. Skip to the fourth if it’s dragging. Six Coen Brothers movies for the price of none will always be a square deal. Finally, I saddled up to Claire Denis’ “High Life” and had my mind blown. We open on Robert Pattinson, but he’s in space. He seems to be repairing his ship, and he’s talking to a baby through his earpiece. We cut to the baby, then to a random garden, then back to the baby who is alone, communicating with Pattinson while being shown weird, random images. The child starts screaming in Pattinson’s ear; it’s excruciating, and thanks to some nifty editing it’s not quite clear what’s happening. Finally, Pattinson enters the spaceship, dons what looks like a prison jumpsuit and joins his kid. The truth sinks in: Pattinson is stuck on a spaceship and alone with a child. From here, things descend into a perfect spiral of sex, violence and pure imagination. The opening sequence is so thought provoking that I was fully invested from the jump. This is a unique piece of science-fiction—the only two reference points I can offer are “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Children of Men.” The former is perhaps an obvious comparison (space babies, etc.), but “High Life” shares essential DNA with “Men.” What director Claire Denis understands—that so little scifi gets–is that you need to find a conceit that has believable and thought-provoking emotional ramifications. Like in “Men,” Denis finds a situation with engaging psychological consequences. On the one end, there’s Pattinson’s hopelessness and loneliness, along with how difficult it is to single parent in space. On the other

hand, Pattinson clearly loves his daughter and doesn’t want to give up for her sake. Denis isn’t interested in the usual technical questions the genre concerns itself with (how big is the ship? what year is it? etc.), instead investing in much more subjective territory. This is not a movie that everyone will find profound, and maybe it’s all a load of empty garbage. But I ate up every bit of it. You know you’re in for a strange picture when you realize Outkast’s André 3000 is not only in the movie, but he’s playing the most normal person. The rest of “High Life” proceeds in a non-linear fashion, which I suppose is to be expected. There’s a whole lot of sex and violence, and Denis doesn’t let anything inhibit her avant-garde instincts. It’s an outside the box film and not for the faint of heart. Like with Perry and Chang-dong, I am woefully unfamiliar with Denis portfolio, something I’ll be making a point to change in the coming weeks. But Pattinson keeps up with Denis at every turn, further proving his post-“Twilight” worth (and fulfilling the potential of “Good Time,” a film I couldn’t quite convince myself to like). Perhaps the best thing I can say about “High Life” is that I’m hungry to see it again. Production company A24 has picked up the distribution rights, which is cool. “High Life” is a bit more out there than their usual fare (and a lot better than their last outing); I’m really glad this movie will make it to a lot of theaters. Aside from the copious amounts of sex and violence, the stilted dialogue may also be off putting to some. However, it sort-of feeds into the “absolutely bonkers” aesthetic (the script was written in French and then translated into English). It’s easily got the best baby-based sequence since “The F8 of the Furious.” If “High Life” weren’t so refreshing, maybe I wouldn’t have been as big a fan. It’s easily the weirdest thing I’ve seen at the festival–not to mention, one of the best films on offer. Stay tuned for more of my coverage from the 56th New York Film Festival! Still to come: my review of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece “Roma” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up, based on the James Baldwin novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”


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October 12, 2018

Twenty One Pilots: entrenched in one’s thoughts By Shruthi Manjunath special to the hoot

Twenty One Pilots’ newest album titled “Trench” features a variety of songs with metaphors on the difficulties of struggling with mental health littered throughout the lyrics. This album marks the first collection of songs Twenty One Pilots has released after returning from their year-long break. The songs combine the ability to explore challenging subjects while still creating music that is pleasing to one’s ear and stimulates dopamine hormones.


The songs on the album illustrate the thoughts and actions of individuals dealing with mental health issues, and specifically highlight lead vocalist and songwriter Tyler Joseph’s experiences with depression and the profound thoughts that one has about what happens after death or how to deal with suicide. The entire album is set in the city of Dema, a metaphorical city used to represent the state of depression. The songs introduce Tyler Joseph’s alter ego, Clancy, who must escape from the city. There are nine bishops present in the city that oppose Clancy on his


quest to leave Dema or literally recover from his depressive state. The bishops represent the negative thoughts present in his head that cause him to constantly feel despair. Clancy wears a yellow jumpsuit because it is the only color that disguises him and allows him to remain hidden from the bishops. The album begins with an energetic beat and passionate bass guitar riffs in “Jumpsuit” coupled with soft vocals that build into an aggressive tone in which Tyler screams the words “Jumpsuit, jumpsuit, cover me!” This song describes the manner in which Clancy uses the yellow jumpsuit to hide from the bishops. Clancy’s act of hiding from the bishops parallels the method in which Tyler attempts to conceal his dark thoughts. Yet, on a literal level, it is not that easy to hide from one’s depressive thoughts, which is illustrated through the manner in which Tyler’s voice crescendos from normal volume to an eventual scream in an attempt to escape his depressive thoughts. This attempt is futile; while Clancy may be able to hide from the bishops using his jumpsuit, Tyler is unable to hide from the dark thoughts present in his mind. The energetic beat continues in

‘Manifest’ converges ideas of faith and religion By Sabrina Chow editor

When the first trailer for “Manifest” was released, it seemed to follow a very similar plotline that the hit show “Lost” followed. With speculation about the true inspiration that creator Jeff Rake had in creating the TV show, “Manifest” dives into the debate about faith vs. science. Even though the first episode was a disappointment in comparison to the trailers, it is a show that will likely utilize multiple cliffhangers to maintain viewership. Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) and her family are returning to New York City from a vacation in Jamaica, Stone alongside her brother, Ben Stone (Josh Dallas), and his son, Cal (Jack Messina), who suffers from leukemia. They had decided to take a later flight from a previously overbooked flight the rest of their family was on. In a twist of fate, and some extremely horrendous turbulence, passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 landed in New York City, five and a half years later, having all been presumed dead. In disbelief, all the passengers are reunited with loved ones and return back to their previous lives while the National Security Agency (NSA) works to find an answer to this absurd occurrence. The show also follows the storyline of Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur), a graduate school student and medical researcher, in parallel with the Stone family. Their paths cross when Bahl’s research, which she submitted prior to take-off, has reached the clinical phase, and Cal is admitted as a patient in the study to treat his leukemia. All the passengers on the plane have differing experiences based on their own voices in their head, urging them to commit

acts incessantly until they are completed. They are all drawn together at the end of the premiere, becoming increasing confused on the mystery that surrounds their flight and disappearance. “Whatever force brought us here did not want to be investigated,” remarked Michaela in the trailer. The storylines of the 191 passengers on the flight are all interconnected, and I am interested in seeing how the producers choose to utilize all the passengers on the flight and if they will. With all the storylines seemingly converging back to the plane where it all started, the show highlights upon the unknown. According to an article by Syfy Wire, Rake came up with the idea of “Manifest” during the fourth season of “Lost,” which premiered over a decade ago. With the idea going nowhere, the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014 caused the idea of the show to resurface, but it was another few years before the show was ultimately picked up by NBC. Having reached over 16 million viewers in its first episode, the show depicts an interesting topic by highlighting a character’s reversion back to her religion, following the extraordinary event that gave the entire cast a new chance at life. But experts believe that viewership may drop up to 20 percent in subsequent episodes. The music that accompanies the show really adds to the effect and intensity of the scenes. Dan-

ny Lux is a well-known American composer who has also had works featured in Grey’s Anatomy and Suits. TV shows and movies seem to often overlook the musical composition of their production, focusing more on the shots of the characters. But, as a musician, I am always drawn to the score that the producers choose to use in their shows and films. It is what makes or breaks the show. The ominous music resembles that of Hans Zimmer, maintaining the constantly serene but intense music that keeps the focus of the viewer on the show rather than distracted from other things. The lyrics that accompany some of the songs add an additional layer of depth in merging the picture with the sounds and creating a harmonious balance for the viewer to enjoy. The first episode was a bit of a disappointment, given the intensity of the trailers leading up to the premiere, but hopefully the plotline of the show will follow more than just the Stone family. Looking into the storyline of all the passengers on the flight and having them converge into one larger story might be a memorable addition to a TV landscape currently overrun with reality and crime shows. There are a multitude of directions that the producers are able to take with “Manifest.” Let’s just hope it can keep their viewership up and bring the storylines of seemingly different characters into one.

“Levitate.” However, now Tyler shifts to rapping to imitate the manner in which thoughts constantly flood his head as a result of having anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the song begins with the chorus and then moves onto the bridge, then the verse, and eventually reverts back to the chorus, which is not the traditional structure of a song. This altered song format illustrates the disordered nature of one’s thoughts when they are internally suffering. Phrases like “Oh, I know how to levitate up off my feet” and “ever since the seventh grade I learned to fire-breathe” display how, with anxiety, an individual’s imagination runs wild and they are unable to contain their thoughts. The mood shifts in “Morph” to more of a pensive tone. The beat slows down and the harmonies create a smooth sound as Tyler speaks through the eyes of Clancy and ponders what would happen if he morphed into someone else in order to prevent himself from being captured. However, it is not that simple, as one cannot turn into someone else in order to avoid their inner depressive thoughts. The beat remains slow in “Chlorine,” in which Clancy describes the idea of ingesting chlorine. Although ingesting

Arts Calendar Liz Cohen Liz Cohen, a photographer and performance artist, will lecture in the Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios on Friday, Oct 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cohen’s past work includes BODYWORK, in which she transformed a 1987 German Trabant car into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino. Presented by the Department of Fine Arts. WBRS Presents: Stanley Brandeis alum Ryan Gebhardt brings his band Stanley to Chum’s, with Dayoff opening. Friday, Oct 12 at 8:30 p.m., free admission. “The Exorcist” Part of the Coolidge’s “After Midnite” series, see one of the scariest films of all time at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Oct 12. Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline. Through Lines with Professor Andreas Teuber Philosophy and Fine Arts professor Andreas Teuber will lead a talk on Saturday, part of “a series of focused gallery talks in the exhibition Passage featuring highlights from the permanent collection.” Saturday, Oct 13, 11:30 a.m., free and open to the public. Comedy Show Featuring Adam Conover The star of “Adam Ruins Everything” graces Brandeis with his presence this Family Weekend.


chlorine is clearly a horrible idea, in the eyes of Joseph, it is a better alternative to continuing on one’s path to darker thoughts. The tone changes again in “Nico and the Niners” as Clancy thinks about the possibility of escaping the nine bishops who torment him. The song begins with rhythmic guitar riffs and an eventual beat that picks up. The song contains a hopeful tone as Joseph includes phrases such as “Dema don’t control us” and “I’m flying from a fire, from Nico and the Niners” displaying how Joseph longs to eventually overcome the depression he feels. The album ends with “Leave the City,” a soft ballad which continues to light a candle of hope in listeners’ minds. The song describes one’s departure from Dema, which translates to moving on from a depressive state. Phrases such as “[t]hey know that it’s almost over” and “[i]n time I will leave the city” display the hopeful nature of an eventual road to recovery from anxiety and depression. Although “Trench” contains a variety of messages and emotions, in the end, Tyler Joseph desires for all of his listeners to overcome hardships that they have and continue moving forward in life.

The show, based on Conover’s TV series, will smarmily nitpick commonly held assumptions. Saturday, Oct 13 at 8:30 p.m. Free for Brandeis students, $10 tickets for visitors available at the SCC ticket office. It’s Time It turned out that last week it was not quite time for this piece of comedic performance art— but don’t worry, now it is. Saturday, Oct 13 at 11:45 p.m. on Chapel’s Field. See Facebook event for details. VoiceMale Fall Fest An acapella show featuring both Voicemale and Starving Artists. Sunday, Oct 14 at 3 p.m. in the Harlan Chapel. The Eyeslicer Halloween Special “ A deranged, proudly transgressive anthology carving out bold new space in the Midnight movie genre.” Wednesday, Oct 17 at 8:30 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Brandeis University Architecture Collection Professors Christopher Abrams (FA) and Gordie Fellman (SOC) will examine the Brandeis University Architecture Collection. Perhaps the University’s inspiration for its architectural mish-mash will finally be revealed. Wednesday, Oct 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Tea and cakes will be served.

The Brandeis Hoot 10/12/2018  

The Brandeis Hoot October 12, 2018

The Brandeis Hoot 10/12/2018  

The Brandeis Hoot October 12, 2018