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Brandeisians, past and present, lend their efforts to Decision 2008 Brandeis alum fired by Penn. GOP BY ARIEL WITTENBERG Editor

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Chum’s seeks funding for renovations BY ELI SEDRANSK Staff

Chum’s, the well-known Brandeis coffeehouse, is seeking university funding to fix the rapidly worsening state of disrepair that has recently plagued the Castlebound coffee shop. General Manager Nirja Parekh ’09 hopes that renovations might take place as early as winter break. According to Parekh, Chum’s has been in a declining state since she began working there in 2006. The main problems include the floors, old windows, immobile furniture, and kitchen equipment. The goal is to “streamline [the business] to have more energy to retain the Chum’s vibe,” explained Parekh, who has seen Chum’s transformation from an ill-used club coffeehouse venue into a thriving business. “Chum’s schedule is really full,”

she explained, stating that there has been a strong increase in student presence. While the turnout has been impressive, with the coffee shop often full to bursting on any given night, Parekh mentioned that “it’s really run-down…we’re kind of making ends meet.” She further explained, “students forget that it’s an entity that needs to be sustained through funding.” Aside from employee paychecks, all money put into Chum’s comes directly from Chum’s. Parekh said that oftentimes food sales go directly into restocking the food stores, with no excess money to spare. “Our budget is rollover profit from last year,” Parekh added. While Chum’s has not received funding from the university in the past, last semester, students were able to vote to use Student Activi-

ties Fee rollover money to renovate Chum’s. However, students voted to use that money to renovate the weight room in Gosman. Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Jean Eddy, who has been working with Parekh and the Chum’s staff on gaining funds through Facilities, explained that “at the time when the student government asked what [the students would] spend $100,000 on there was more money in the treasury [than expected].” Eddy hoped that some extra money would be allocated to repairing Chum’s. The bulk of the money, had Chum’s received the SAF rollover money, would have gone into new floors and windows, which are both in bad disrepair. Eddy explained, “people have been fo-

other two initiatives concern the Know Your Rights campaign and the rights of Transitional Year Program students. The committee, formed by Ben Brandzel ’03, serves as the Student Union’s outlet to address issues pertaining to social justice. The three initiatives deal with issues that are “unethical at Brandeis, which go against our ideals of social justice,” Gubbala said. “When we’re talking about disability quality it’s not something that you think would be an inequality at Brandeis…considering we’re such a school that’s focused on social justice.” Many issues face students with physical disabilities at Brandeis. Those students can only live on one floor of first-year residence halls, cannot live in North Quad,

At an event last night co-sponsored by the Student Union and the Office of Communications, faculty panelists commented on the significance of Tuesday’s election of Illinois Senator Barack Obama. The panel, which was moderated by National Public Radio defense commentator Guy Raz ’96, included Prof. Peniel Joseph (AAAS), Prof. John Ballantine Jr. (IBS), Prof. Mingus Mapps (AAAS), and Prof. Jill Greenlee (POL). In his opening remarks, Raz put the panel into perspective, calling this election “probably the most historic election in America’s 232 years.” He went on to note that although when he was a student at Brandeis, President Bill Clinton’s

See CHUMS p. 11

The political career of Brandeis alumna Bryan Rudnick ‘00, who was recently fired by the Pennsylvanian Republican Party for allegedly drafting an e-mail likening a vote for now president-elect Barack Obama to events that led up to the Holocaust, can be traced back to when he brought NRA president Charleston Heston to campus in March of 2000. According to an Oct. 25 article by Ron Todt of the Associated Press, Rudnick’s e-mail was sent to an estimated 75,000 Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and told them that “Jewish Americans

cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let’s not make a similar one this year!” As a conservative student in the late 90’s, Rudnick began his time at Brandeis by founding Freedom Magazine as a forum for conservatives on campus because “of an abundance of hypocritically liberal views on campus,” Rudnick wrote in an opinion piece in the third issue of the magazine. The February 1998 piece was See GOP p. 13

Students canvass for Obama in NH BY ALISON CHANNON Editor

With victory on their minds, Brandeis students worked to add four electoral college votes to the Obama column by turning neighboring swing state New Hampshire blue. Beginning in September, members of the Brandeis Democrats and Democracy for America, as well as students unaffiliated with either club, canvassed in the town of Raymond, NH. For canvassing purposes, the Democrats and DFA wanted to adopt one specific town in New Hampshire, Paul said. Adopting a town “enables us to

go back and see what our impact is,” Brandeis Democrats Campaign Coordinator Justin BackalBalik ’10 said. As it would turn out VicePresident of the Brandeis Democrats Jason Paul ’09, a seasoned canvasser, had a friend working for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, Hollie Gilman. “She was the right organizer for this campus,” Paul said. Gilman could not be reached by time of print due to campaign obligations. The Democrats and DFA, with the help of Gilman, organized nine canvassing days for Brandeis See CANVASS p. 12

Union’s Social Justice Committee Panelists reflect on Obama’s significance BY ALEX SCHNEIDER to address campus accessibility Editor BY CHRISSY CALLAHAN Editor

When Supreetha Gubbala ’12 broke her ankle earlier this year, hobbling around campus taught her something possibly more important than what she was learning in her classes. “I realized that it’s almost impossible to get around Brandeis when you’re disabled,” she said. And that was only for a temporary period of time. So Gubbala, Student Union Senator for the class of 2012, came up with the idea to address the problem. Gubbala and members of the Student Union’s Social Justice Committee have decided to address accessibility problems facing students with physical disabilities as one of the committee’s three main initiatives for the 2008-2009 academic year. The committee’s




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THE MORNING AFTER: Prof. Joseph considers the meaning of an Obama presidency.

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Don’t let Chum’s go to the sharks


ue to a worsening state of disrepair, Chum’s Coffeehouse is seeking university funding for the first time in its history. Anyone who has heard of Chum’s legendary connection to the popular TV show Friends cannot help but be a little disappointed when they walk into the space to discover a worn-down carpet, faded furniture and shoddy appliances. Both students and the University would benefit from preserving a place like Chum’s. Student organizations rely on the coffeehouse to serve as a venue for club-sponsored events, while the University would attract prospective students with a place that evokes memories of what one can achieve at Brandeis. Because of its intimate student connections—being student-run and featuring mostly student entertainment/ functions— Chum’s is a symbol of the Brandeis students who have passed through this quaint coffeehouse and gone on to do great things post-graduation. Sitting in Chum’s and contemplating Brandeis’ famed alumni, or watching a student performance, it seems that the venue should better reflect its impressive history and outstanding showcase of talent. However, in the interim, as students and administrators work together to secure funding for Chum’s, a temporary solution may be to draw upon the driving force of Chum’s—the student body. Since the coffeehouse is intended to be a place for students, let them make it their own by giving them the opportunity to contribute to the renovation effort. Students cannot be expected to replace windows or flooring, but they may be willing to donate a piece of furniture or an appliance decorated in their style to a place that has come to symbolize the individuality of Brandeis students. The visual display of an array of objects that students can relate to will inject new life and energy into Chum’s. However, the basic maintenance necessary to sustaining Chum’s will require University funds. One possible danger in this is that a financial contribution from the University will be accompanied by an administrative influence. While students and administrators collaborate successfully on multiple fronts, Chum’s has historically been a place for students. You won’t see a Union-administration roundtable there anytime soon. Thus, in seeking University funding, Chum’s must be careful to preserve the coffeehouse’s student-influenced atmosphere. SUBMISSION POLICIES The Hoot welcomes letters to the editor on subjects that are of interest to the general community. Preference is given to current or former community members. The Hoot reserves the right to edit any submissions for libel, grammar, punctuation, spelling and clarity. The Hoot is under no obligation to print any of the pieces submitted. Letters in print will also appear on-line at The deadline for submitting letters is Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. All letters must be submitted electronically to editor@ All letters must be from a

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Over the past few years, Brandeis University’s Dining Services has made noteworthy improvements: from bio-degradable trash liners, to increased vegetarian and vegan options, to the commitment to working with students on campus to create change. As Michael Newmark’s letter to the Editor (Oct. 24 in The Hoot) stated, many of the changes have been made through working with students and administrators alike. The Coalition for Food Services Reform aims to bring issues to light and open a dialogue with Dining Services and the administration to reform Dining Services on campus. Thus far, the Coalition has been misrepresented and misunderstood to be a group attacking Dining Services. This is simply untrue. The Coalition only exists to represent the desires of students on campus regarding sustainability, labor, and financial issues. For this reason, the Coalition is cosponsoring an open forum with the Student Union on Monday, November 10 at 8pm in Pearlman Lounge to ensure that the all students, not just special interests, are represented in the Coalition’s Recommendations to Dining Services. The recommendations compiled by the Coalition represent the input of individual students along with input from several

student organizations. After compiling a list of student grievances and recommendations, Coalition extensively researched the policies of comparable universities. After finding out that Brandeis is far behind some universities such as Yale and Brown, and below the level of other universities such as Williams College and Mount Holyoke in terms of sustainability, the list of recommendations was adjusted to reflect this trend in higher education. Dining Services is a formative part of any university community, and the Coalition seeks to ensure that Dining Services at Brandeis reflect the values of the community. The Coalition does not mean to undermine or replace the Student Union’s Dining Services Committee in any way. Contrarily, the Coalition is working closely with the committee to represent students’ interests and opinions. The difference between the two groups lies in the group’s ultimate goals. The Coalition wishes to reform Dining Services’ general policies (such as purchasing guidelines) while the Dining Services Committee will continually address student requests on the everyday function of Dining Services (such as hours of operation). The Coalition and the Committee want to ensure that students can rely on Dining Services to provide goods and services in the most socially and environmen-

tally responsible way possible. By listening to the recommendations of the Brandeis community, Dining Services will make significant steps towards being an even more sustainable, studentoriented, community-building feature of campus life. We recognize that some of the recommendations we are making are currently being addressed. In this case, we have left the grievance in the list in order to ensure that the list is comprehensive as well as to bring attention to the need for increased communication between students and Dining Services. Dining Services is already doing great things, but they do not mean anything if the students are unaware. This is the ultimate wish of the Coalition: honest communication between Dining Services and the rest of the Brandeis community. We are not demanding that the University “go green” nor make unreasonable changes, but rather requesting Dining Services adhere to a set of principles valued by the whole community when making decisions. In this vein, I encourage every member of the Brandeis community to read and evaluate the list of recommendations available at http://brandeisdiningservicesre - Danielle Hollenbeck-Pringle ‘10 Coalition Steering Committee Chair

SEA Change

Yet another boring column on recycling? BY SUSAN PAYKIN Special to The Hoot

Ten percent. Yup, just 10%. Brandeis University recycles 10% of its waste. When I first heard that statistic, I was shocked. Brandeis, a college of 3000+ students who are supposedly passionate about social issues only manage to give 10% of our efforts to the best way out there of decreasing our strain on finite resources? First off, I apologize for the “eco-guilt” coming from the hippy SEA kid, but this is little ridiculous. If you actively choose to throw your plastic bottle in the garbage, I know this column won’t change your mind. But that isn’t really my goal. This is for all the people—and I include myself— that didn’t know it was possible to recycle milk cartons? Or sometimes forget to throw our newspapers into the blue and green bins? Shit happens, we forget, or we weren’t informed – so here’s to hoping the Bran-

deis community doesn’t have to feel guilty. Here is Brandeis Recycling 101 on what you can and cannot recycle: RECYCLE: Paper and Cardboard: pizza boxes WITHOUT food residue, computer/copy paper, newspapers/magazines, junk mail, catalogs/phone books, books, all types of cardboard RECYCLE: Plastic, Glass and Metal: plastic numbered 1-7 (look at bottom of container for the symbol), glass bottles, containers, etc, metal caps and lids, clean aluminum foil, laundry detergent jugs, juice boxes, milk cartons and aseptic packaging NO, TRASH IT: To-Go containers, mirrors, styrofoa, china plates or cups, light bulbs, plastic shopping bags (but you can recycle them at supermarkets…bring them to Hannafords), pizza boxes WITH food residue, tissues/napkins, paper cups/plates, carbon pa-

per, foam peanuts, food waste WHERE TO BRING OTHER RECYCLABLES: Inkjet Cartridges: Mailroom. Cell phones: Mailroom. Batteries: Mailroom OR the science stockroom-- Kalman Room 9 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Science stockroom-Kalman Room 9 Furniture: Did you know we have a “Used Furniture” listserv? If you want to get rid of furniture, contact Liz Clark ( and she’ll advertise on the listserv for you. Remember, we now have single stream recycling so you can dump everything in your same bin! My eleven year old sister just wrote an essay about how if “you take just 15 minutes out of your day to recycle, it would really make a difference.” If a fifth grader gets it, we Brandesians should, too.

CORRECTIONS: In the Oct. 31 article, “Patrick speaks to Brandeis...” Israel’s Consul General was listed as Nadav Tenir. His actual name is Nadav Tamir. In the Oct. 31 article, “Journalism prof. discusses book on Paxil investigation,” the misappropriation of state funds by Brown’s psychoiatry department was described as being connected to the department’s clinical trial of Paxil. In fact, these were two separate issues. In addition, the FDA did not pay Brown University to do a clinical trial on Paxil. GlaxosmithKline, the maker of Paxil, was the sponsor of the study. While Bass wrote about the misappropriation of DMH funds for The Boston Globe, she was unable to pin down Howard’s allegations about the Paxil trial until much later, after the New York State Attorney General’s office sued GlaxosmithKline In the Oct. 31 article, “ Beyond Israel: Jewish students explore the four corners of the world and themselves,” Jules Levenson ‘10 was said to be studying Toldeo, Spain. He actually studied abroad in Madrid.

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IMPRES S IONS It's not over yet: A view from the right No longer ashamed BY SCOTT ROTHSTEIN Columnist

On Tuesday night the Republicans were handed a crushing defeat in the House, the Senate, and in the presidential race. President-elect Obama now heads to the White House with approximately a 56 to 44 majority in the Senate and approximately a 258 to 177 majority in the House of Representatives. The Republicans lost Senate seats in the Republican strongholds of Virginia and North Carolina while Indiana sided with Barack Obama in the Presidential race. Finally, there are no longer any Republicans in New England. It looks like the Republicans are on the run for now, having to deal with an unpopular president and receiving, unjustifiably, the blame for a recessionary economy. However, all is not lost for the Republicans and Tuesday night had a few victories for the right. The first victory for the Republicans, if you can even call it that, is that the Democrats seem to have fallen short of a sixty seat filibuster proof Senate majority. Now this is not guaranteed considering that there are four Senate seats unaccounted for, however, three of the seats in question look to favor the Republicans. The first is the Senate seat in Minnesota, which is between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. While the vote is too close to call and there will be a recount, right now Coleman has a lead over Franken if only by a hair. If the vote count was accurate then Coleman will walk away with the Senate seat. The second seat that is unaccounted for is the Georgia Senate seat currently fought over by Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. While Chambliss did win the plurality of votes, he did not win a majority, which will lead to a mandatory run-off vote to determine who will win the seat. However, Chambliss had a

good lead over Martin and Martin is going to need a considerable amount of the third party candidates vote in order to overcome the vote gap. Finally, Senator Stevens pulled an upset with his victory despite his recent conviction. Unfortunately for him, Stevens can not serve his time in the Senate and his time in Prison so there will more than likely be a special election for his seat. It is unclear whether the people of Alaska elected Stevens because he is a Republican or because he brings home the pork. However, if a convicted felon can receive the Alaskan Senate seat, then another Republican will have a good chance at taking the seat as well. So while none of these seats are sealed up for the Republicans, it does look like the drive for sixty Senate seats by the Democrats will fall short. However, the real victory for conservatives came from several important ballot measures in several states. In California, Florida, and Arizona, voters approved amendments to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman and Arkansas approved an initiative to ban gays from adopting. The passage of these measures shows that social conservatism is not dead and that conservatives can still benefit from these social issues. The irony in all of this is that Barack Obama’s registration of large numbers of new black voters may have actually been what pushed the gay marriage bans over the top. In the CNN exit polls, African Americans supported California and Florida’s gay marriage bans by approximately 70% to 30%. So in essence, conservatives can actually thank Barack Obama for his assistance in pushing these bans through. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Obama’s presidency. It is possible that gays could see less progress for their issues under an Obama administration than there was

during Bush’s administration. In fact, it is likely that Barack Obama has actually pushed the gay rights movement backwards, even if it was not intentional. Obama could lose support among the gay population or black population if the Republicans push this issue hard enough, which would greatly aid the Republicans in 2012 and even possibly in 2010. A second ballot measure victory for conservatives came from Nebraska’s amendment to end affirmative action. Barack Obama’s election as president does not mean that racism no longer exists, however, it does mean that we can start to phase out affirmative action. Barack Obama has even mentioned that he supports socio-economic based affirmative action as opposed to racial affirmative action. While this is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully with the election of the first black president, affirmative action will be on its way out. While this election was by far means a loss for Republicans, all was not lost. The Democrats do not appear to have gained a filibuster proof majority and some important conservative initiatives passed with flying colors. On top of this, it appears that a wedge issue has opened up that could be used to weaken Obama’s prospects in 2012, if the Republicans exploit that wedge effectively. Finally, Republican’s can rest easy knowing that the Democrats have large expectations to fulfill and this time they cannot blame their failures on the Republicans. It does not seem likely that the Democrats will be able to hold on to such large leads for a very long time and the Republicans should start gearing up to make gains in 2010. The ball is now in the court of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi and how they perform for the next two years will largely define whether or not their strong majority can hold.

For the first time in your life, are you proud of your country? Do you hate me for writing that? Write to The Hoot Impressions by e-mailing Bret Matthew at

BY PARASKA TOLAN Special to The Hoot

For years my American passport has remained hidden at the bottom of a drawer. “Sure I was American,” I told my French friends, “but that’s just a nationality. Not an identity.” American citizenship was associated only with embarrassment and unpopularity: President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, freedom fries… At 2am Wednesday morning, my friend Marion called me from France. It was 7am her time and Paris was in an uproar. French people woke up to breaking news: America had elected a black president. Marion was in tears. I could hear the streets of Paris in the background; “Obama, Obama” and “Oui on peux!” She told me she envied me for being American. This morning, President-elect Barack Hussein Obama was on the front page of every single French newspaper; “Obama is the incarnation of the American Dream”, “Obama President; an American revolution?” and “Obamania stronger in France than in the USA.”

Tuesday night, just before Obama’s acceptance speech, I recited the pledge of allegiance for the first time in my entire life. During high school, on Fridays at 11am when our class senator announced the pledge of allegiance over the speakerphones, I always remained firmly seated. Although I could sense the disapproving looks from my peers and professors, I refused to be loyal to a country whose politics were fundamentally in opposition to my values and ideals. But yesterday this country was mine at last. Yesterday I stood up with Americans around the world, and pledged loyalty to my country, tears streaming down my face. Yesterday I was proud to be an American. And tomorrow? Tomorrow I will bear this message with me back to Europe, and be living proof that the real America is no longer the conservative white Christian nation supporting John McCain, but rather a buoyant, youthful, colorful country that chose change. Tomorrow I will carry my passport with a smile in the corner of my mouth and a skip in my stride and I will not be ashamed again.

Thank you for voting BY ELI SEDRANSK Staff-

The results came in to a roar at the Shapiro Campus Center: Barack Obama will be the next president of these United States of America. People scream, hug, and generally lose their minds… or at least that’s how I saw it in my mind. I happened to be on a couch with friends, slowly nodding my head. Just a little bit different setting, but the point got across. I happen to be an Obama supporter, like many other Brandeis students. We all felt that we could effect a change in government, and boy were we right. But you know, this isn’t even about who won and who lost. This is about how we got here. Sixty-four percent of voting-age America voted this time around. That’s almost a 10 percent empirical increase on the 2004 election, and a 20 percent increase on 2006’s elections. Somehow the nation turned from an apathetic, let-the-politicians-do-what-theywant bunch into a driven force of voters, each determined to make a difference. I can’t help but be impressed by these numbers, and Brandeis is a perfect example. How many times were you asked if you had voted already? How often were you the one asking? Chances are the answer to both is “almost too many times.” I mean, a friend asked me if I’d voted, and I replied “I voted absentee a couple weeks ago.” His reply? “Why not vote here too?” Now while I’d love to, I suppose the government wouldn’t enjoy my little piece of voter fraud. Still, isn’t that the great thing about Brandeis, that we are all constantly pushing for bigger

and better involvement in school, community, politics, etc.? I almost feel bad for not going out to knock on doors with my Brandeis Democrat friends. They cared, just like you and I cared, and we all showed it, proving that caring can win elections. But again, this is not about the winners and losers, because in all honesty, we are all winners. We showed what caring about a country can create. Senator McCain explained in his concession speech that caring about our country is paramount, and stated that after Election Day we are all (well, at Brandeis, mostly) Americans and supporters who will do all we can to secure our bright futures. McCain even silenced his own supporters who sought to deride Senator, now president-elect Obama. This shows the change that has already occurred due to the presidential race, and I think we are better off for it. If McCain had won the election, I would still have all these things to say, as we are progressing as a country and as citizens. But more importantly, I just want to thank you, Brandeis, for your commitment to the ideals of freedom and individuals being strong together. Democrat, Republican, Green, Independent, or whatever else, you chose not just to voice your opinions, but to work to convince others that they are better off doing so as well. So again, thank you. You helped show that an “apathetic” generation can make itself heard, and you certainly helped many believe in the beauty of democracy again. And for that, they and I are forever grateful. Thank you.


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The Hindley case: Not over yet BY DANIEL ORTNER Special to The Hoot

ILLUSTRATION BY Alex Doucette/The Hoot

Finding the pieces to your puzzle on the path to career success BY ANNELISE PARHAM Special to The Hoot

When we were young puzzles came in a box. We had a picture of what the puzzle would look like assembled and all of the pieces were inside, waiting. Contemporary puzzles aren’t so simple; we don’t always know what the picture will look like, or where to find the pieces. At this moment you may be putting together the long-term puzzle of what to do this summer, after graduation and beyond. You have the joy and responsibility to reflect on your values, skills and interests, to explore your career ideas through networking, shadowing, internships and work, and to connect your self-knowledge and experiences to future opportunities. This past summer Zohar Fuller interned at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. Cornerstone describes itself as “a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company. Cornerstone builds bridges between and within diverse communities.” This experience, ideal for her Independent Interdisciplinary Major of Theater and Social Change, was not what she expected. As an Assistant Stage Manager, Zohar learned that stage management was not the best match for her. Instead she discovered that she had learned “how to create art that is transformative in a healing and not just entertaining way,” an important piece of her puzzle. When asked how she would ad-

vise others regarding internships she wrote, “All I can advise you to do is go in with an inquisitive and all absorbing mind. Ask questions. Experience the most you can.” Zohar plans on returning to Cornerstone Theater Company, or a similar theater company in the future, to explore roles more suited to her skills and interests. Gal Zilberberg, hoping to learn more about the medical field, interned at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, a facility dedicated to treating residents of all Middle Eastern c o u nt r i e s , re g a rd l e s s of race, religion or national origin. As an E du c at i on Department intern, Gal’s role changed from week to week. She had hoped to learn how a hospital is managed, if the environment would be a good fit, and how people of different religions could come together in a hospital setting. In this experience Gal reflected that she, “developed skills that will be engraved in me forever,” and “I can also say that I am more comfortable with my decision for my future career.” Zohar’s and Gal’s puzzle pieces are coming together. As you move through your four years at Brandeis, the Hiatt Career Center can help you throughout each step in your career development process: • First Years: Reflect, Explore and Connect with your dreams, interests, strengths and goals. • Sophomores: Reflect, Explore and Connect with majors, alum-

At this moment you may be putting together the long-term puzzle of what to do this summer, after graduation and beyond.

ni, possible career fields, shadowing and internships. • Juniors: Reflect, Explore and Connect with internships, employer events, alumni, CIC, career and graduate school fairs and your network. • Seniors: Reflect, Explore and Connect with alumni, employers, graduate and law schools, your network, alternative postgraduate opportunities and your future! For additional information by class year, please visit Hiatt’s fouryear timeline at Find the pieces to your puzzle and put them together to create a meaningful professional future. Some Upcoming Events: Adnexus "Partnership to Help Advance Biologics" presented by Eric Furfine (PhD, Brandeis '88) Senior VP, Research and Preclinical Development 11/11 10am Sherman Ogilvy & Mather and the Advertising Educational Foundation "How to start a career in (global) advertising and marketing" 11/11 2pm Hiatt Career Center Math For America info session to provide interested students with information on opportunities to teach math. 11/11 6pm Hiatt Career Center My Experience from Brandeis to Doctors Without Borders : Come hear Marc Levin, M.D. '94, speak about his two recent missions with Doctors Without Borders. 11/12 6pm Rapaporte Treasure Hall Senior Sunday : Join the staff of Hiatt for an afternoon of fun and informative workshops on career decision making, the graduate school application process, and how to tackle your first postgraduate job search. 11/16 1-5pm Schwartz

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After the furor over the mistreatment of professor Donald Hindley (POL) last year, featuring student strikes outside of Bernstein Marcus, and the freezing of all Faculty Senate Buisness for the semester, the lack of resolution or follow up this semester has been striking. We could be lulled into thinking that because Hindley continues to teach without restraint and the faculty senate is back to business, that the matter is closed. However, in reality the matter is like a festering w o u n d draining the vigor and light from the name of Brandeis, and, if renewed public attention is any indication, one that is about to explode. According to an ad placed by the Foundation For Individual Rights In Education in this years’ US News and World Report, Brandeis is one of the “worst of the worst” in regards to liberty on campus. The World Net Daily and Jewish World Review declared that Brandeis University dishonors its name (September 24, 2008) and The Providence Journal featured an Editorial entitled Brandeis Shames Itself (October 25, 2008). You are fooling yourself if you don’t believe that this adverse attention and these articles have not significantly soured our institution's ability to raise money from our alumni base, attract talented and bright new students and find our faculty willing to stand up for basic rights. How many bright college bound students look at the ad featured in U.S News and World Report and immediately cross Brandeis from their list of potential schools? I know I would have. How many fascinating, informative but slightly controversial words have been dropped from lectures? How many professors have become more cautious and failed therefore to be involved in the planning of thrilling and exciting campus events? The impact of these things is a slow, dripping corrosion of the Academic Excellence and Commitment to Social Action pillars of our university. What makes this whole situation worse is that it could easily still be fixed. All that is necessary is a small admission on the administrations part that they over reacted. An acknowledgement that in their admirable desire to protect students they overstepped their bounds and reacted far too harshly to legitimate classroom expression. Moreover, that in their haste to do so they compromised the process put in place to

ensure that professors would not unfairly be subjected to punishment without due process. Even a small admission of these flaws with a sincere and contrite attitude rather than one of egotistical self-importance would go a long way to healing the wounds that their actions inflicted. What else is clear is that until the administration does this, students and faculty will never truly feel secure on campus. It is admirable that the Student Union has taken an intense interest informing students of their rights, but how secure can we be that these rights will be granted to us when they are needed if the process was so compromised in the Hindley case? While in general it seems that Director of Student Development and Conduct Erika Lamarre does an excellent job of balancing students rights and procedure (something that I can myself attest to), there have been several accusations that proper procedure was compromised, most recently in the case of Mamoon Darwish (Former TYP). And moreover, there is no guarantee that an order from a higher placed individual in the University could not cause the whole sets of procedures to come tumbling down as they did in the Hindley case. What we saw at Brandeis in the Hindley case is essentially the equivalent of the Bush administration's policy of placing detainees in Guantanamo Bay and then after the fact creating a justification and a rationale for its over exertion of power. What makes it worse in the case of Brandeis is that there is no judicial check over administrative action. Moreover, the administration is not reliant on the students or faculty for its support as the president is to American people. Instead, trustees, who seemed more concerned when a controversial former president came to speak at Brandeis than when the rights of free speech of the faculty are trampled upon, who seem to completely support the administration in every decision are the sole sources of accountability. Unfortunately, all words of student and faculty protest have gone unheard. It is equally unlikely that the words I write will have any impact on this process or administration. Yet I am cautiously hopeful that continuous attention brought to the matter by donors and the media, both campus and external, may one day lead to a new era on our campus in which openness, accountability and proper procedure rule.

How many fascinating, informative but slightly controversial words have been dropped from lectures?

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Election Reality Check: Want change? Stay focused and don’t get lazy BY BRET MATTHEW Editor

On November 4, 2008, the voters made their voices heard. Barack Hussein Obama is now President-Elect of the United States. This day marked the end of the longest presidential campaign in American history, an extraordinary campaign that involved a woman, an African-American, a former POW, and many other distinguished members of both political parties. Obama supporters, you know only too well how long and difficult this journey has been. Some of you have been a part of it since the very beginning, February 10, 2007, when Obama formally announced his candidacy in front of the Old State Capital in Springfield, Illinois. Some of you joined after hearing him speak during the early primary season, or after Senator Clinton ended her own campaign, or even after the Democratic National Convention. You made millions of small donations. You knocked on doors. You held signs. You wrote extensively, plastering both print media and the Internet with words of support. You voted. Because of your help, Barack Obama did not have to wage a legal battle in order to win an election that was “too close to call”. Instead, he received about 7 million popular votes and 200 electoral votes more than Senator McCain. As far as Presidential elections go, that is a comfortable margin of victory. On top of this, Democrats increased their majorities in both houses of Congress. In the Senate, the Democrats gained six (not including the currently undecided Senate elections in Minnesota, Georgia, and Alaska). In the House of Representatives, the Democrats picked up 18 (also not including a few elections that have not been finalized yet). So for all of you out there who have been waiting eight years, if not more, for progressive change in this country, this is our chance. We have Democratic leadership across the board. Feels pretty good, doesn’t it? Okay. Well that’s it for the feelgood column. Unfortunately, many aspects of this election did not work out very well for Progressives. For

one, we failed to pick up the full 60 Senator, Lieberman-free, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate; something that we’re going to wish we had when the Republicans begin to fight us tooth-andnail. But what disturbs me more are the results to many of the ballot initiatives that were voted on Tuesday. Allow me to list some of them: In Arizona and Florida, ballot initiatives were passed that will amend their state constitutions, defining “marriage” as a union between a man and a woman and prohibiting the states from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. In California, a similar initiative passed that will overturn the recent California Supreme Court decision ruling that allowed same-sex marriage. Arkansas, a state that already prohibits same-sex marriage, went a step further in taking away the rights from homosexuals. An initiative was passed that will prohibit unmarried couples who live together from adopting or being foster parents. This is but a glimpse of the Religious Right without a majority in the Federal government. They will continue to rely on state influence in order to convince Americans that it is okay to deny a small segment of our population the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. We have certainly not changed this country if their fiery sermons still garnish overwhelming support. In writing this, I do not mean to ruin the jubilant mood among my fellow Obama supporters. I too have spent the past couple of days walking around with a smile on my face, and I know I’m not alone. But we cannot afford to be complacent. We cannot sit back and assume that with Obama as president, everyone will come together and everything will be okay. The Religious Right is still strong, and it still dominates the Republican Party. They will work hard to fight us at every turn, and if we care for even one second about the future of the American people, we will work hard as well. So stay alert and stay informed. We have at least two years of Democratic control of the government. Let’s not waste it.

Obama supporters, you know only too well how long and difficult this journey has been.

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Going green makes me blue! BY JORDAN ROTHMAN Editor

I remember when I was a left wing environmentalist. For an entire year I professed to be a member of the Green party and served on my town’s environmental commission. I did everything that I possibly could to reduce my personal waste, and even read Ralph Nader’s books. Now, I have recanted the foolishness of my old ways. I still question the probability that global warming exists, and no longer follow many of my previously “green” practices. I could spend volumes discussing why I made this change, and why I no longer abide by environmentalists principles, but I’d like to focus this piece rather on my sentiments concerning recycling. Recycling has become one of the trendiest movements on our campus and in fact around the world. People are guilted into abiding by its complicated procedures, and urged to purchase the crappy goods comprised from recycled materials. Worst of all many follow these guidelines blindly without even questioning the reasoning behind it. I’d like to take a crack at recycling and expose some of the imbecilic characteristics of this flawed system. I remember when a proposal to put a recycling bin in every dorm room came in front of the Finance Board while I was still a member of that body. I don’t think there was ever an issue in my two terms as a member of that group that ever welled up more passion and fury than that one allocation. I had hated the fact that this proposal would require me to keep a recycling bin in my room, as it would be added to the RCR and made a chargeable offense if it was not there at the end of the year. I despised having to de facto participate in this atrocious process and told my colleagues that I would rather use the bin as a chamber pot than for its

intended purpose. Unfortunately, after the longest debate we had all year (about 10 minutes) in a 4-2 decision, the allocation passed. I left the room that night with fury running through my veins, once again seeing the propaganda of the recycling movement. Recycling, first of all, is an unproven method for helping the environment for two main reasons. One is that it requires large amounts of energy to transport these products to recycling facilities. Each plant is only able to process a few grades of plastic, for instance, and these places could be located far away. In addition, recycling is not effective because most of the things that are eventually transported are not recycled, but are rather thrown out. I once heard that 60 percent of things thrown into recycling bins are trashed, making the process extremely ineffective indeed. Furthermore, the products made from these recycled goods often exhibit less quality than the original product. All in all, the process stands to promote one positive benefit; making recyclers feel good about their supposed contribution toward defending the environment. And some people are supercilious indeed. When I go to Usdan and use paper containers someone once said to me “using a lot of paper eh?” Stay out of my business! If Usdan gave me the same amount of food with regular plates, or if I had the time to stay, I would use other means to eat my meal. Judging people for their habits is not only stupid, but is wrong. People have no right to audibly comment about my usage just as I had no right to say to that person “using a lot of gel, eh?” Furthermore, recycling promotes a false sense of security about environmental action. Deluded recyclers think that they are on the front lines of the environmental battlefield by recycling when they are in fact wrong and commit a number of other derogating activities. These same people use the elevator in the Shapiro Campus Center, smoke cigarettes (among other things!), and don’t live a truly green life.

In all honesty, I’m probably the greenest of anyone. I never use elevators, wear my clothes more than once, and wake up early. Seriously, if you "green fanatics" cared that much about the environment, maybe you should stop partying and staying up late. Do you have anay idea how wasteful you are? Damn them all for judging me, I bet my frugal non-lazy lifestyle is helping the environment far more than their hypocrisy. With this said, many may believe me to be against President Reinharz’s new policy banning bottled water on campus. Sorry to disappoint, but I think that this idea is one of the best and agreeable measures that I have ever heard! Drinking bottled water is not only wasteful, but it is stupid. Free water is easily available all around us in the form of water fountains. In addition, reusable plastic containers are trendy and effective. President Reinharz’s plan can actually work as it doesn’t put its faith in an inefficient method. It rather cuts the problem at the bud. Lessening our use of bottled water will decrease our waste and hardly change people’s lifestyles for the worst. Recanting my earlier views, I no longer support many recycling policies. They not only curtail my liberties, but are ineffective and only foster a false sense of security. I do, however, like President Reinharz’s new policy and think it is a step in the right direction toward reducing waste and helping the environment in a meaningful way. So I have railed against the myth that is recycling and know that people will call me un-Green for it. So be it, I never cared much for the color, and green in this instance only seems indicative of the money wasted by following these ineffectual environmental policies. It could also represent how sick I get when I am subjected to recycling propaganda.


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From classroom to common room A history of one of campus' most prominent landmarks BY SAM FUCHS Staff

Writing an article about the history of the Usen Castle is a bit daunting considering its many uses and modifications over the past 80 years. In a 1997 publication called “Building a Campus: An Architectural Celebration of Brandeis University's 50th Anniversary,” editor and Brandeis professor Gerald S. Bernstein described the castle as “less archaeological than theatrical” with a “whimsical ambiance that could have served as a stage set for a Hollywood adventure movie.” One can understand a lot about the castle’s oddities by examining the building’s function when it was first constructed. Beginning in 1928, Dr. John Hall Smith, the founder and director of Middlesex University (a medical and veterinary college) led the design of a structure that would serve as the major academic center for the school. In “Building a Campus,” Bernstein suggests that while the Castle’s appearance is similar to the Cavendish castle in Ireland, its design was a combination of several historic castle layouts as well. Amy D. Feinstein ’98 chronicled the many uses of the castle in a senior thesis titled Unlocking Doors to the Past and Future: An Architectural and Social Exploration of the Irving and Edyth Usen Castle in 1998 within the Department of American Studies. Her work compiles materials from the Brandeis Archives as well as interviews and oral histories to provide a detailed description of the Castle’s many uses. While many at Brandeis are used to the Castle as solely a residence hall, one only needs to glance at an old map of the castle to see how each section was used. A-Tower (the square tower with the flagpole on a high turret) housed administrative offices on its higher portion as well as pharmacology labs and physics labs. Within the lower section, Feinstein writes, the first floor served as a medical library and the second floor housed lab spaces. The main entry was through the large wooden doors that can be seen adjacent to the castle parking area. Each floor of B-Tower (the "Chums tower") was a lecture hall that could house 110 students and was built complete with a teaching platform for presentations. The ceiling of every floor was originally like that of Chums, however in the process of renovations the top four floors were plastered over. The fifth floor served as a dark room “Penthouse Theatre” and had a slide projector for special presentations. C-Tower had laboratories for histology, pathology and bacteriology. D-Tower (where castle commons is located) was the anatomy and physiology building with dissection rooms on the first floor and physiology laboratories on the second floor. Several photos have survived that show the castle commons filled with microscope stations. Visible in the photographs are quite a few female medical students, which was common at Middlesex but unlike most medical schools of the time. In the area near the kitchen in Castle Commons there was a washroom, telephone area and the Dean's Office. The Dean's office was adjacent to the currently inaccessible spiral staircase that leads to the courtyard. Directly adjacent to the physiology lab (castle commons) were a few small labo-

ratories and offices, which connected to the chemistry laboratories in the front section of E-Tower. The back section of E-Tower (castle suites area) was known as the “premedical building” and contained lecture rooms. The structure completing the loop is the old reading room, currently used for facilities storage. It served as a library annex and had a row of study carrels adjacent to the small courtyard windows. The building includes a mosaic ceiling, which is still visible, and contains random designs and symbols along with a portrait of Smith. The two entry archways connected the Reading Room (labeled as section F on its doors) to D-Tower on one end and ATower on the other. The original layout conveniently allowed one to reach any section of the castle without stepping outside. Schwartz Hall was added to house a student locker room, a trophy room and an additional lavatory. The Northern side (the side of Schwartz Hall closer to Usdan) had 500 lockers. Adjacent to it was a trophy room, the bay window of which can be seen above the entrance to the Schwartz Hall lounge. The current laundry room and pottery studio was originally used as refrigeration facilities. The small machine room adjacent to B-Tower housed men and women’s restrooms (or “lavatories,” as written on the building plan). As construction began during the Depression, Smith used secondhand building materials as it was all Middlesex could afford (an early form of environmental sustainability). As the Baker House, part of an old farm adjacent to campus, had been lost to fire, Smith limited the use of wood in the Castle’s construction. As a result the handrails throughout the castle’s stairwells were made of poured concrete. Smith hired local residents to aid in construction and provided them room and board as well. The hinges for the doors were custom-designed and patented; there is even a sample of one in a folder adjacent to old photographs. After the initial acquisition of the campus by Brandeis, renovations began to con-

IMAGES COURTESY OF Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections, Brandeis University

BEHIND CASTLE WALLS: Top: Floor plan of Middlesex Castle; Bottom: Middlesex students at work in the physiology lab in the 1930s or 1940s, currently the Castle Commons. Middlesex had a relatively large number of female students, which was unique for medical schools of its time.

vert the castle into offices and dormitories. In addition to Middlesex’s financial difficulties, Smith had passed away in 1946 and the castle had not been well maintained. The Locker Room building was the first to be renovated as a women’s dormitory and was renamed “Founders Hall.” In total, Bernstein writes, 48,000 square feet of the castle was converted to women’s housing. Other sections of the castle became men’s dormitories, as described in an early postcard of Brandeis that identifies A-Tower as “a portion of the men’s dormitories.” Several random aspects of the Castle are interesting to note. The Castle Overlook, currently the location of the old Brandeis University bell, had an additional lower tier with a stairway that led to the sidewalk below. The left-side wall has a visible gap filled in with cinderblocks, and if one looks at the ground one can still see the remains of the stonewalls. While construction for the cas-

tle was complete by 1941, it is possible that the addition of a third tier was considered in subsequent years. The myths of secret passageways and tunnels have some basis in fact. Bernstein writes that Smith did construct several steam tunnels throughout the campus, but they were likely meant primarily for maintenance purposes. Archie Riskin, an architect hired by Brandeis to survey the castle, reported sliding panels and secret rooms. Bernstein points out that with all of the renovations “there is no question [that] other inaccessible spaces have been created.” A symbol of Brandeis, the Castle is a structure that has been absorbed into many aspects of Brandeis culture, not to mention its influence on other parts of campus. With so many stories and bits of information it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, but in a broader sense that only adds to the Castle’s charm and reaffirms its status as a defining aspect of Brandeis.

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The face versus the facebook less common now that you can leave your message right on your friend’s wall with the click of a So you’ve never met Suzy Smith button. Sure, it may be a little less in person, but in addition to her personal, but who really has time first and last name, you can list to keep up with 600 plus friends at least five of her friends and the anymore? fact that she’s in a relationship Plenty of current Brandeis with some boy who goes to Princ- freshmen took advantage of Faeton. You know she listens to Pink cebook opportunities as soon as Floyd, and she loves to read books they got their acceptance letters. by Suzanne Supplee. You’ve casu- Alex Powell '12 was one of them. ally viewed her most recent video After joining Facebook’s Brandeis and you’ve seen enough recent network and a group made for the pictures to be able to point her class of 2012, he started friendout in a crowd. Then one day you ing people, though he claims see her walking around campus. that he had no basis for choosDo you say hi? Start a conversa- ing to friend certain people over tion, maybe? What if she’s totally others. He even went so far as to weird and not nearly as cool as friend people’s her choice in friends, with movies made Let's face it- Facebook has the thought in her sound? essentially revolutionized mind that he Would she have the way people all around may be friends no idea who you with them in are and be to- the world communicate. the near future. tally freaked out “I would say that you’re even now [that] I talking to her? know most of Or have you posted enough of the people I friended,” explained your own pictures to make your- Powell. “I would say hi to most of self distinguishable as well? them. Besides, most of them are Let’s face it- Facebook has es- either on my floor or in sports sentially revolutionized the way with me.” people all around the world Maxie Hirschler '12 also friendcommunicate. It has become a ed athletes, or other people she method of keeping in touch and thought “had similar interests as meeting new people. So many of her.” Looking back at her list of us are guilty of “friending” people Brandeis friends whose faces she we barely even know because we clicked on before her first month know we’ll be attending school here, she admitted, “most of them with them in the near future or I would say hi to, but the majorthat we have a mutual friend or ity I wouldn’t. I didn’t delete anytwo. one though; that would be mean.” Writing letters phased out years Hirschler thinks meeting someago when e-mails were intro- one on Facebook is definitely duced, and even phone calls are different than meeting someone BY JODI ELKIN Staff

in person, but it’s more comfortable to know faces and to have had a few conversations with people before entering a completely new place. “I didn’t want to get here and not know anyone,” she added. Hirschler’s roommate, Caroline Miller '12, explained that the two girls became closer through Facebook, which was their reason for requesting each other as roommates. “But we had met each other once before in person,” Miller said. Sophie Weiner '12 decided whoshe thought she might want to be friends with based on similar interests, especially in music. However, since coming to Brandeis, she has deleted everyone on her list that she doesn’t currently talk to in person. She doesn’t regret friending random people, though; in fact, according to Weiner, “I met one person on Facebook who I’m still good friends with. We like the same music, so we go to concerts together and stuff.” On the other hand, people like Darlene Zephyrine '12 and Leah Carnow '12 think the whole “meeting-people-on-Facebook” concept is just plain weird. “People from Brandeis friended me [over the summer], and I accepted them. But I never talked to them,” Zephyrine stated. Carnow questioned why people would request to be friends with other people, and then not talk to them. “I don’t know Facebook manners,” she admitted. “Are you allowed to ignore friend requests from people you don’t know, but might run into later?” Adina Weissman '12 doesn’t

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think so: “I accepted people who friended me. What if I had rejected the person who lives across the hall from me? But I didn’t actually have conversations with people; no, no.” Since coming to Brandeis, many new students have filled their lists of friends with faces they have seen in person, which brushes any awkwardness aside. But still, so many students have “friends”

that they don’t even know. So how many people will say hi to Suzy Smith and how many will delete her from their friends by the first week of school? “If I met her in person, Facebook would allow me to keep in touch with her,” La-

mia Harper ‘12 said. “Otherwise, random Facebook friends are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Faculty Club: A higher level of dining for students BY BEN SACKS Editor

Did you know that students are allowed to eat at the Faculty Club? I didn’t, but it’s true. Wedged between Sherman and Shapiro Campus Center, The Faculty Club is open to everyone for lunch between 11:30 am and 2 p.m. on weekdays. Intrigued, I grabbed a couple of friends and we were off to the finest dining establishment that Brandeis has to offer. Once inside, the first thing one notices is that this place looks like a real restaurant. Not in an IHOP or Applebee’s kind of way, like the Stein, but a place you wouldn’t be embarrassed to bring a potential lover on a first date. Every table is carefully draped with a pristine white tablecloth, and the silverware has been tucked into a folded napkin with ruffles on the side. The chairs have all been tucked in for appearance, and the buffet food has been ornamentally arranged to appear as appetizing as possible, presented literally on a silver platter. We were promptly directed to sit at a table of our choice, which meant that we had our pick of the entire restaurant, minus two occupied tables on the sides. No sooner had we sat down than our waitress, Marge, came and poured

each of us a full glass of ice water. What would we have? Nothing from the menus apparently - on Fridays there are no menus, and patrons have a choice between a salad bar, which costs $7.95, and a full course meal, including soup, salad, multiple entrees and a wide selection of desserts, all for $12.50. Unfortunately meals from the meal plan are not accepted, but for those with an abundance of points, go for the full meal. It’s worth it. A full meal began with chicken soup that day, followed by full access to the salad bar. Egg rolls were then in order, along with rice, Chinese noodles, asparagus, chicken and beef, noodle salad and much, much more. Two of the four of us were vegetarian, and none felt that a wider selection was in order. Everything is buffet style, all you can eat, come as you please. For those who opt not to go for a full meal, the salad bar is quite plentiful. It has many of the same offerings as the salad bar in Sherman. Among the selection were all of the makings of a salad, including lettuce, hard boiled eggs, applesauce, yogurt, a variety of fruits such as pineapple and cantaloupe and more. Even though much of the food

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FINE DINING: Try the Faculty Club, which offers a high caliber buffet at a decent price, as an alternative to Sherman.

is similar to that served in Usdan or Sherman, the food sparkles of quality that neither of those places offer. “It’s definitely a step up,” noted Steven Sasmor ‘10, who partook in almost every single tray at the buffet table. The green beans are the same as those in Sherman, yet not. They’re cooked correctly, ours were perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of peppers and walnuts, and they seemed to crunch more consistently. No sog-

gy ones. I wish that there had been options available from the menu that day, because some of them sounded positively delicious, such as the Pesto Chicken Focaccia and the Baked Haddock Florentine. Bring a few dollars for the tip, as tips cannot be paid with points. We had no reservations leaving a few dollars for Marge- she was so helpful. She must have asked seven times if we needed refills for

our water, and she even kept the salad bar open a few minutes later just for us, since we had not quite finished by 2 p.m. She also complimented us as being the “nicest students” that had ever come in. Perhaps she says that to all of us, but she sure sounded genuine. So if you have had enough with the lack of variety at Usdan, or want to feel more upscale than Sherman, check out the Faculty Club. And say hi to Marge.


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N E W S Student canvassers sway voters in New Hampshire CANVASS (from p. 1)

students. “Pretty much up until Monday and Tuesday, we were knocking on all the doors in town trying to swing their vote,” DFA Campus Coordinator Phil Lacombe ’10 said. Approximately 50 Brandeis students spent election day in New Hampshire, Backal-Balik said. Overall, Paul stated, Brandeis sent more students to New Hampshire than both Northeastern and Boston University. He added, “our effort [in New Hampshire] was in many ways the best of any university [in Massachusetts].” The town of Raymond, Lacombe explained “is typically very conservative.” He added, “Republican culture there is pretty strong…usually that part of the state is ignored.” Raymond, population 10,000, is “usually not very swing-able for Democrats,” Lacombe continued. As such, the Obama campaign in Raymond did not expect to win the town, Paul said. Rather, they hoped to close the margin between red and blue. The Obama campaign in Raymond hoped to garner 2,320 votes to help them carry the state, Paul explained. They exceeded their goal, receiving 2,623 votes. John McCain won the town by 160 votes whereas four years ago, Bush won Raymond by 507 votes. Through grassroots canvassing, “we got the number of votes we needed to win the state in the town,” Paul said. “All of us know Raymond so well,” said DFA Campus Coordinator and New Hampshire native Liza Behrendt ’11. “There’s such a range of people,” she said. Knocking on neighboring doors might yield entirely different responses, she added. While Behrendt was chased off of one man’s lawn as he shouted “about black liberation ideology,” other “people really appreciated that we came all the way up there,” Behrendt remarked. “People really opened up to me,” she continued, “I had people tell me the most personal stories.” “Most people were pretty friendly,” Backal-Balik commented. One man whose door he knocked on offered Backal-Balik suggestions for an Obama campaign ad. “It

Film major passed The faculty voted almost unanimously to pass a proposal for a major in Film and Visual Media Studies beginning next academic year at Thursday’s faculty meeting. The proposal passed the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee two weeks ago. Chair of the Film Studies department Prof. Alice Kelikian (HIST) presented the major to the faculty as a method to “raise our national profile for recruitment” especially in times of economic crisis. Kelikian explained that “we have the resources at hand to get going immediately.” She added that given the number of actors and directors who will visit Brandeis during the month of November – 16 including Kate Beckinsale – “Brandeis has the best cinematic program in the country.” Prof. Steven Burg (POL), who serves as chair of a committee on admissions, commented, “this is an addition to the curriculum for which we are ready.” He continued, “admissions staff will be able to very effectively use this to…sell Brandeis [to prospective students].” --Alison Channon

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NOVEMBER 4TH: Brandeis students get out the vote in conservative Raymond, NH on election day.

was funny that he thought we had that kind of influence,” he said. Like Behrendt, other canvassers experienced negative reactions from residents. “The worst was when we would get attacked with things that really aren’t true,” Lacombe commented. “I argued with a guy for 30 minutes about taxes,” Paul added, “it’s frustrating.” Some interactions surprised the canvassers. Lacombe spoke to one pro-life woman who cited abortion as her most important is-

sue. “One thing I pointed to is when Obama met with [Saddleback Church Pastor] Rick Warren [and said,] ‘I don’t have the moral authority to address that issue – it’s between a woman and God,’” he described. “I could tell she had an open mind,” Lacombe posited, “I hope I got her vote.” For the apathetic, “Brandeis kids had the passion to inspire them to want to vote,” Behrendt remarked. “It was really cool to see how on an individual basis you could change people.”

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Former Canadian Judge offers thoughts on international justice BY KATHLEEN FISCHMAN Editor

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour spoke about education, ethics, and governance for an international judiciary Thursday night in the International Lounge in a public talk co-sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Legal Studies Department Described by Director of the Ethics Center Daniel Terris as a “visible champion of human rights,” Arbour has also served as Supreme Court Justice of Canada and Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The talk was the keynote address of the North American Judicial Colloquium, which is being held at Brandeis from Nov. 6 to 8. The colloquium aims to bring together and foster dialogue between national and international judges, and participants include U.S. and Canadian judges as well as judges from international courts. To begin her speech, Arbour stressed, “my reflections tonight are anchored in my time spent as an academic,” adding that it is most important to recognize that in the

realm of international judiciary, “there is no pre-existing, universal and superior viewpoint.” Arbour’s speech focused on the problems of the judiciary model, which remains relatively static. According to Arbour, “international and national judges would be welladvised to create an international judiciary system” in contrast to the current “hybrid that reflects some but not all political systems.” She explained, “we have yet to develop a truly indigenous international criminal law system unanchored in any particular legal system and unsupported by any particular state.” Arbour also lamented that little attention is given to judicial independence, and called for a “truly and totally unique and selfstanding judiciary” that is “totally owned by the judges.” She stressed the importance of self-government, self-education, and selfdependence, adding, “a transparent system of self-government is the cornerstone of real independence.” The speech was meant to leave the audience “with a lot more questions than answers,” Arbour said.

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“I really admire all that Louise Arbour has done throughout her lifetime thus far, I think her work is really making a difference within the scheme of global justice,” said Becky Sniderman ’10, a Sociology and Philosophy double major and Social Justice and Social Policy minor. “I thought it was very

interesting how she has applied her background in criminal law and prosecution to her UN and global work. I personally was inspired by her description of her work as I have slightly similar, if still undetermined, pursuits within my own life.”

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Alum started political career with Professors consider 2008 Charleton Heston speech on campus presidential elections results GOP (from p. 1)

entitled “On this side...pulled from the left: liberal media as Big Brother at Brandeis.” In the piece, Rudnick explains how he was not allowed to be published as a freshman in either the Justice or the Brandeisian, another publication on campus in 1998, because his piece, which discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “lacked integrity”— something he took to mean that the piece was too conservative. “There was definitely a bias against conservatives on campus,” Rudnick said in a phone interview with The Hoot Monday night. “It starts with the adminSCREENSHOT/ istration and drills down to the faculty and students.” THE DAILY RUDNICK: Bryan Rudnick ‘00 was featured on The Daily Show Freedom Magazine appears in in a piece titled “Heston Tension” after he invited National Rifle Association online lists of campus organiza- President Charleton Heston to speak on campus. tions until the 2002-2003 acahas never been any discussion or a surprise when the two said they demic year. Rudnick did not specify a cause mention from anyone in the ad- could bring the same enthusiasm to a Ballot Initiative so that for the magazine’s end, saying, ministration regarding ‘blood.’” Nealson also wrote that Bran- the voters would be the ones to “there wasn’t an interest in doing it anymore I guess;” however deis “welcomes the visit of Mr. decide whether the state should make drastic changes in the instiHoot founder Igor Pedan ’05 said Heston.” Coverage of Heston’s visit tution of marriage.” that the magazine was shut down reached “All of the political pundits for “violating sev- While Rudnick is not sure of exactly f u r t h e r said they couldn’t do it,” the areral school what his future work will entail, it than Mas- ticle stated. “But these two young s a c h u - men didn’t know the meaning of rules.” will include “helping candidates and setts’s me- the words, ‘could not.’ They knew Almost and only youthful enthusiasm.” all nine is- organizations that want to influence dia the Rudnick originally gained supsues of the public policy.” And, he said, the was magazine, candidates will “all be conservative.” subject of port for the Amendment from a segment fellow Brandeis alumna and State which can on Com- Representative John Rogers ’87. be found edy Cen- By March 2002, however, Rogers in the Brandeis archives, contained ad- tral’s Daily Show with Jon Stew- had withdrawn his support after vertisements from the National art entitled “Heston Tension” on “much discussion and debate was March 28, 2000. created,” his Legislative Liaison Rifle Association. In the segment, which can still Bill Rennie said in an interview In March of 2000, seven months after the last issue of Freedom be viewed online, footage of the with Justice reporter Emily HyMagazine was published, Rud- Brandeis campus is showed with man in April of 2002. Currently, Rudnick is the nick, who founded the club Stu- Rudnick speaking in the backfounder and CEO of the Alliance dents for the Second Amend- ground. After Heston’s visit, Rudnick’s Strategies Group, a strategic planment on campus, invited NRA president Charleston Heston to political career took off. In May of ning, communications and devel2000, around the same time that opment firm based in Boca Raton, campus. While Rudnick declined to he graduated, Rudnick founded FL. He was employed by the Penncomment on Heston’s visit during The Massachusetts Citizens Allihis interview with The Hoot, say- ance with fellow Freedom Maga- sylvania GOP as a strategic planner until this October, when he ing that “it’s a long story,” the visit zine founder Jim Coutre. The organization was respon- allegedly sent the e-mail warning erupted in controversy when, according to a letter Rudnick wrote sible for bringing the Defense of “fellow Jewish voters” of the risk to the newspaper Massachusetts Marriage Act to a state referen- of a second holocaust if they voted News, “On March 8th at a 3:15 dum in 2004, after three years of for then senator Barack Obama. In Todt’s article about Rudnick’s p.m. meeting with myself, Mi- work, according to an article by chael Regunberg, Chris Clark, Karen Crummy in the Boston termination, Rudnick claims that he “had authorization from party Stephanie Ruark and Roman Herald. The Act would define marriage officials” to send the e-mail; howCermak, the Acting Director of Public Safety, Ed Callahan, re- as a union between “one man ever Michael Barely, communicaquested Mr. Heston’s blood type. and one woman” and would ban tions director for the PennsylvaAgain on March 10th, a student same-sex marriage and its legal nia GOP, told the Associated Press organizer of the event was called equivalent, as well as block do- that that was not the case. Rudnick refused to comment by Mr. Callahan to follow up as to mestic partners from receiving on the e-mail in his interview whether or not we had inquired various benefits. In the article, Crummy writes with The Hoot; however, he did as to Mr. Heston’s blood type because it would need to be on re- that Rudnick maintained that the say, “a lot of my business is online serve at the Waltham-Deaconess amendment, which ultimately and includes writing persuasive failed, was “not against homosex- e-mails.” Hospital as a precaution.” Now that the election is over and In the letter Rudnick also claims uals but…instead about strengthBarack Obama has been elected that the administration tried to ening marriage.” An editorial on President, Rudnick told The Hoot censor Heston by requiring Freedom Magazine and Students for dated March 22, 2002, corrobo- that he’s looking forward to the the Second Amendment to pay rated that Rudnick’s then budding next election cycle. While he is not sure of exactly for one of the two metal detectors political career began with bringat the event along with an addi- ing Heston to Brandeis two years what his future work will entail, it will include “helping candidates tional $6,000 dollars for security earlier. “The students had to fight the and organizations that want to incosts. In response to the allegations, politically correct establishment fluence public policy.” And, he said, the candidates will Director of the Office of Commu- at Brandeis. It wanted to curtail nications Dennis Nealson wrote their Freedom of Speech,” reads “all be conservative.” to the same newspaper that “there the editorial. “Therefore, it wasn’t

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inauguration was a “transformational moment,” this election was “incomparable…simply by virtue of what [Obama] managed to accomplish.” On that note, Joseph began the discussion by describing Obama’s election as “a culmination of an almost 150 year history,” which, he said, began with the ratification of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. Still, while minorities were able to attain elected office, the “era of Klan violence,” “domestic terrorism,” and the Plessy vs. Ferguson ruling forced African Americans out of such jobs, with the last African American leader leaving office in 1901. At that point, the North Carolina legislature passed a “resolution of joy.” To Joseph, Obama’s election “represents the evolution of Black politics,” representing the beginning of a time when “there is a chance for Black politicians to win.” Ballantine spoke next, calling Tuesday “an incredible election.” As an economist, he focused his talk on issues relating to the economy, noting that Obama represents a change from the supplyside economic theories touted by President Ronald Reagan. He explained, though, that the challenges that Obama has to face to meet his goals are enormous, considering that a “brutal” recession has set in and may get worse. Nevertheless, Ballantine noted that, in his opinion, “Obama has shown a level of leadership [and] maturity” needed to deal with these economic issues. The third speaker, Mapps, crunched numbers for the audience to help explain the significance of the election. In the primary election, Mapps showed that African American voters overwhelmingly supported Obama (even considering, as he noted, that the pundits had questioned if Obama was “black enough” to win over such voters). He also showed that white women supported Hillary Clinton, Hispanic voters supported Clinton, and white men were mixed in their support of Clinton and Obama. Then, in the general election,

African Americans again supported Obama (by a landslide), white women and white men were mixed in their support of Senators John McCain and Obama, and Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Mapps explained the significance, both positive and negative, of these statistics. This showed that while voters did not vote based on race (but more so, based on gender), voters still organized along racial lines. To Mapps, this fact remains “one of the critical puzzles of this campaign.” Finally, Greenlee addressed the lessons of this election in terms of age and gender. Also presenting data to backup her points, Greenlee showed that Sarah Palin failed to affect the female vote, and that in this election, just as in most since 1980, a majority of women supported the Democratic ticket. As to age, Greenlee demonstrated that the youth vote rose by 2.2 million people since the last election, calling that rise “a pretty good increase.” She also pointed out that 66% of young people supported Obama as opposed to 31% who supported McCain, representing a historic 35 point gap in the young vote. The youth vote, her data showed, had not been split as much in the last election, where there was a 9 point gap. (In fact, the largest gap she reported was 19 points, which occurred in the elections of Reagan and Clinton). Greenlee explained this outcome by citing the fact that Obama “was a young guy,” and “he was a cool guy.” “He represents a lot of change and a lot of energy, that appeals to young people,” she said. At the end of the conversation, Raz, along with other audience members, asked questions of the panelists. One question asked whether Obama could have won had President George Bush not been in office, which elicited interest in the audience. Joseph said, “I disagree with that notion,” arguing that Obama represented less of a candidate of ‘last resort,’ and more of a “positive affirmation” in a different set of political values. “Is this going to last?” he asked. “We are going to have to wait and see.”

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Women’s Soccer to finish season at NYU

Carnegie Mellon’s Abigail Coffin (No. 19, center) collides with Brandeis University’s goalkeeper, Jaclyn Weinstein (No. 00, right), at the end of regulation. Weinstein (here) blocked the potentially game winning shot, but was forced to leave the game, afterwards, with a head injury.


The Brandeis Judges wrapped their regular season home finale forcing a 0-0 draw against visiting Carnegie Mellon. Tartan’s goal keeper Anya Rosen knocked aside seven shots in 110 minutes of action, including two shots on goal each from Tiffany Pacheco ’12 and Izabella Miranda ’12. Jaclyn Weinstein ’12 made her second straight start in net in place of regular netminder Hillary Rosezweig ’10 and acquitted herself well with six saves in ninety minutes of action before having to leave the match following a collision. Fellow rookie Elyse Phillips ’12 had two saves in the double overtime to preserve the tie. Brandeis wraps up their season on the road at New York University. The Violets are currently 2-4 in UAA play have recently dropped their last two matches to Carnegie Mellon and Emory. Players to watch for from NYU are the attacking duo of Sarah Pillemer and Filiz Kipcakli, both lead the team with 19 points and have only one goal between them, fizzling out those forwards will be key to the Judges earning another double digit win total on the season. The Judges will lean back on their defense which has largely been the strength of the team as they lead the UAA with nine shut outs this year. A strong game by Tiffany Pacheco ’12 would greatly help the cause as the team’s leader in goals and points hasn’t touched the scorer’s sheet since notching a goal and an assist in a 5-1 against Smith back in September. A solid year for the Denise Dallamora’s squad and hopefully taking one on the road will help make that solid year slightly sweeter to the taste as 2008 draws to a close and a new year dawns ever closer. BELOW: Brandeis University’s Tiffany Pacheco (No. 10, left) dribbles between the legs of Carnegie Mellon’s Eleonore Valencia (No. 15, right), in the second half of their game Sunday. BELOW: Izabella Miranda (No. 9, center) dribbles down the field for Brandeis university in the first half.

Alanna Torre (No. 24, right) goes up for a header against Carnegie Mellon’s Korinne Mills (No. 25, left), in the first half of their game on Saturday.

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Detroit Pistons Basketball changes lineup in trade for Nugget Allen Iverson By JOSH GELLER Staff

This past Tuesday, the people of the United States of America voted for change and went with Barack Obama as President. The day before, Joe Dumars and the staff of the Detroit Pistons voted to shake up their core by trading team leader and point guard Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson. The move was called change for the sake of change, but it might be a move that undermines Detroit’s entire season. NBA teams tend to gel during training camps and form chemistry in addition to coming together with an offensive and defensive game plan. When a trade happens mid-season, it results in new players having to adjust to the system. Many teams in history have gone through struggles as a part of this and tend not to adjust completely until the next season’s training camp. What makes this move worse for Detroit is that this move comes just one week into the new NBA season. Detroit must spend an entire season without having bonded.

Just ask Miami and Phoenix about the difficulties. Last year they swapped Shawn Marion for Shaquille O’Neal in February, two very different players that changed the style of play for each team. Miami was slightly worse after the trade. Phoenix on the other hand dropped from winning 71% of their games pre- What makes this move trade to 62% of their worse for Detroit is that games posttrade. In strong this move comes just one the west, this dropped week into the new NBA of them out serious c o n t e n - season. tion for the top spots in the conference. It is likely that this trade will cause similar problems for Detroit. The four-man core of Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rasheed Wallace has been together since the middle of the 2004 season. Detroit plays a team oriented game. Billups was considered the glue that made it work, distributing the ball evenly. Iverson is anything but a pure point guard. He is undersized and is primarily

a scorer who gets his assists off of his drives to the basket. It is extremely questionable how the output of Hamilton, Prince, and Wallace will be affected by having a shoot-first point guard instead of Billups. It calls for a complete revamping of Detroit’s offensive scheme. With a new head coach in Michael Curry, one questions how Detroit can easily adapt and remain a winner in an eastern conference that while weak, has several very strong rising teams.

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Brandeis sports blitz The closure of Linsey Pool is an absolute shame. Not that it was a great facility or that closing it was a bad idea, it wasn’t but that it has come to this. The pool was dimly lit, the hours of operation were never convenient (for me anyway), required walking across a gym while games were going on and then having to guess which staircase led to the narrow locker rooms. And I swear to god the water never looked right. Well now after many years of quick fixes, Linsey Pool is out of commission, possibly permanently. It is quite frankly a shame that is has taken the possibility of one million dollars in repairs to actually look into a long

term plan regarding the pool because for too long, certain parts of the athletic center have been allowed to degrade into substandard shape. It took a student ballot measure (by bare majority) to finally launch a badly renovation of the weight room which quite frankly has all the charm of a Chernobyl spa. The real losers in this though are the swim team. There are some good swimmers on there but unfortunately, they now have to practice at odd hours and wave bye bye to the concept of home field, I mean home pool advantage. I wish the best of look to the swimming squad. - Zachary Aronow

Men and women’s soccer wrap their seasons on the road at New York University on November 8 and once again, both teams are striving to reach mediocrity. The women’s team has been decent this year. Steller defense once again being a hallmark of Coach Dallamora’s group but men’s soccer this year has been disappointing to say the least. There is no other way around it, the men’s soccer team needs to beat NYU, the only other UAA team in a sorrier state than the Judges and that’s just to avoid another year of picking up no wins against UAA opponents. The season had started out with such promise too. The Judges jumped to a 6-1 record and then proceeded to go through nearly a month before picking up their next win. The Coach Coven’s squad comes to play, they can surprise. The Judges were able to force draws against top opponents

in Case Western Reserve and Chicago and of course I still remember two years ago when the Judges upset Babson in the ECAC playoffs and went on to claim the championship. With talented players like Ben Premo ’09 and Patrick Metelus ’10, the Judges should be and they are capable of greater than unwatchable mediocrity. Turn around is possible. One only needs to look at the basketball program and remember that it was not that long ago that Brandeis basketball was a UAA afterthought. Obviously though, it’s on Coach Coven and for that matter, Coach Dallamora to either find the players that fit their schemes or change their schemes to fit the players and in turn raise Brandeis soccer to the caliber of competition that should be expected in the UAA. - Zachary Aronow

MXCountry 4 of 8, WXCountry 7 of 8 By ZACHARY ARONOW Editor

Brandeis cross country took on their divisional foes back at the beginning of the month in Georgia and for the most part managed to keep with the pack. Men’s cross country earned 4th place with 102 points as five Brandeis runners finished in the top 25. Paul Norton ’11 finished in 15th place, just shy of All-UAA status but good enough to lead the Judges with a time of 26:24.14. Marc Boutin ’12 had his best race of his rookie year, finishing 19th overall, two seconds ahead of 21st place finisher Kerwin Vega ’11. Chris Brown ’12 and Zach Schwartz ’11 finished out the top 25 finishers with 23rd and 24th

place finishes respectively. Women’s cross country did not enjoy similar success as the men’s squad did as they settled for 7th place out of the eight squads present. Alyssa Pisarik ’12 had the lone top 25 finish for Judges, finishing 22nd overall with a time of 22:55:14. Kate Warwick had the second highest finish for Brandeis, coming in 36th in the meet. With the conference competition wrapped up, both squads get to enjoy some leisure until the New England Division III Championships at Williamstown, Massachusetts on November 15. Both sides will be gunning for their best as a strong performance next Saturday could mean a trip to the NCAA championships.

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Brandeis swimmers swamp WPI Siobhan Lyons ’10 and Sawicki team finished seven seconds ahead of the “B” relay team. The men had an easier make of the comLinsey Pool may have finally croaked it’s last dimly lit chlorinated days as the hub of petition thanks to the strong performance Brandeis swimming but the season must gained from their juniors and seniors. go on and indeed it did without a hitch es- James Liu ’10 won three events on the day pecially since the next home match wasn’t taking the 50 and 100 yard freestyle as well as 100 yard butterfly. scheduled until January. Marc Eder ’12 enjoyed his first multi-win The Judges enjoyed a strong Saturday at Worcester as the men outpaced WPI 157- day of his collegiate career with victories 137 and the women held off the hosts 147- in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke. The clinching point for the 137. came in the reThe women’s squad enjoyed The women’s squad squad lay event as the team of wins in nine individuals events wins in Justin Wellens ’10, Jesse and two relay victories. Angela enjoyed Chui ’12 added three more nine individuals Hirschman ’10, Michael Rubin ’09, and Bobby wins to her blazing rookie year as she was the first to reach the events and two relay Morse ’09 finished 2.16 seconds ahead of WPI’s wall in the 50 yard freestyle victories. closest challenger. Branand 100 and 200 yard breastdeis also won the 400 stroke. Leah Lipka ’09 topped yard medley relay near the competition in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke and rookie Julia Derk the beginning of the events thanks to the rounded out the multiple winners win- team of Wellins, Eder, Aaron Bennett ’10, ning the 200 yard freestyle and individual and Liu. With the win though without a home, medley. Hollis Viray ’10 won the 200 yard butterfly while Rachael Sawicki ’10 claimed Brandeis will be conducting their practices at Bentley and/or Regis. Their next meet is the 100 yard freestyle. The Judges also dominated the 400 yard the Alumni Meet on November 8. medley relay as the Derk, Dana Simms ’12, By ZACHARY ARONOW Editor

Men’s Soccer: The search for mediocrity By ZACHARY ARONOW Editor

It has been a trying season for Coach Mike Coven’s squad. A promising 5-1 start to the season has long since been a distant memory as a seven game winless streak essentially dashed all hopes of an NCAA postseason bid and the season finale comes on the heels of a two game losing streak; extended by 1-2 loss in their home finale to Carnegie Mellon. The game was a one-sided wallop as the Tartans peppered rookie Sean O’Hare with 23 shots but O’Hare’s career best 11 saves kept the Judges alive. Unfortunately, there was only so much he could do as UAA season leading point scorer and goal-getter Ricky Griffin opened the scoring at the 41st minute and notched the game winner at the 58-minute mark. Ben Premo ’09 provided the lone tally for the Judges, his 10th goal of the season leaves him two points shy of being the fifth Brandeis player to achieve 100 career points

and needs four points to secure fourth all time in order to supplant Sheldon Stewart’s ’06 101. Alexander Farr ’12 helped set up the assist for his 10th point of the season. Brandeis finished the regular season with a home record of 6-4-1. The Judges will look to finish the regular season with a winning record and perhaps squeeze their way into an ECAC bid as they wrap up the season at New York University. This is a favorable match-up as the hometown Violets have yet to notch a win in conference play and are a meager 1-5-1 at home this season. One of the few bright spots this year for NYU is Branden Neal who leads the team with 7 goals and 14 points. A winnable matchup upcoming for the Judges but which squad will Coach Coven preside before the Brandeis and NYU faithful? The competitive club who can fight the good fight against a nationally ranked club? Or the team that will slip slide their way into a losing regular season record?

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NEXT GAME MSoccer October 31 v. Emory L 0-2 November 8 at NYU 11:00 am TEAM November LATEST SCORES NEXT GAME 2 v. Carnegie Mellon L 1-2 MSoccerOctoberOctober 28 v. Lassell 31 v.1:30 Emory WSoccer 31 v. Emory L 1-3 W 1-0 NovemberOctober 8 at NYU pm 7:00 pm November 2 v. Carnegie Mellon 1:30 pm November 2 v. Carnegie Mellon T 0-0 8 at New York University 1:30 11:30 pm am Volleyball November 7 v. Emory at Washington University 12:30 pm NovemberNovember 8 v. Rochester at Washington University WSoccer October 27 v. Roger Williams LUniversity 0-1 October 31 v. Emory 5:00 pm v. Chicago at Washington 3:30 pm 2 v. State Carnegie Mellon NovemberNovember 1 v. Geneseo 12:00 pm 11:00 am November 8 at New University 11:00 am v. Moravian 2:00 York pm Volleyball October 24atv.UAA Wellesley at Hall of Fame Tournament October 31 v. Baruch 7:00 pm X-Country November 1 Men Championships 4th out of 8 teamsL 0-3 Women UAA Championships of Tournament 8 teams October 25 v.atBowdoin College at Hall7th of out Fame W 3-0 November 1 v. Geneseo State 12:00 pm 1 Men atv.WPI Williams at Hall of Fame Tournament L 1-3 November 8 at Alumniv.Meet Moravian 2:00 pm Swimming November W 157-137 3:30 pm and Diving Women at WPI W 148-137 X-Country November 1 at UAA Championships in Atlanta, NovemberGA 13 at Babson 6:30 pm October 25 at Keene St. L 12th 122-172 November 1 at WPIBay 4:30Open pm -- Salve Regina 9:30 am Sailing MSwimming November 1 at Underdog Trophy out of 12 teams November 8 at Narragansett at No Ringer Invite MIT 9:30 am WSwimming October 25 at Keene St. W 174-125 November 1 at WPI 4:30– pm November 9 at Crews Regatta -- MIT 9:30 am

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W E E K end F U N Spotlight on Boston

to Sunday, Nov. 7-9 Legally Blonde: Friday Acrobats: 539 Washington St., Boston A blonde follows her heart and her ambitions at Harvard Law School. Don't miss out on this unlikely musical! With songs like "Omigod You Guys" and a number that asks the question "Is he gay or European?" this is not an experience you can afford to ignore.

At the Colonial Theater, Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will perform. Death defying, dazzling, and dramatic--you will be sure to be amazed. Get your tickets an hour before the show and pay only $25.

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King Lear:

It's free. It's Shakespeare. What other reasons do you need to go see this Hold Thy Peace production? Power struggles, backstabbing, and murder! What a perfect way to spend an evening.

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, 8 p.m. 106 Boylston St., Boston

Will it Blend? Dance:

Friday to Sunday Nov. 7-9 Shapiro Campus Center

Battle of the Bands: Sunday, Nov. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. Recital Hall, Slosberg

Campus bands compete for the right to claim that they're the best Brandeis can offer. Seven bands will take part. Rock out and then vote for the one you liked the most!

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ICC Lounge, Swig Center

Dance into morning! At the Mixed Heritage Club's 2nd Annual dance, music will be provided by Boston Sound Choice. There will also be free refreshments.

Go Global Chic:

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, 4 p.m. Shapiro Campus Center Atrium Love fashion? Then you should stop by the atrium to watch this International fashion show. As you watch, drink free cider, and just relax.

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