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Posted on: November 3rd, 2011

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  Sometimes cool opportunities arise and I don't want to mar their awesomeness by adding commentary. This is one of those times:   Looking for Interest in ICC Performance Troupe! Attention creative students!  The Intercultural Center, in collaboration with the Department of Student Activities and the Department of Community Living, is seeking out students to create […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: November 1st, 2011

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Andrew Slack, who graduated in 2002, is not only a fantastic friend but a visionary. He is featured in Brandeis NOW, along with an awesome video. Check out this blurb and follow the link: Andrew Slack ’02 is creator, co-founder, and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, which takes a creative approach to activism […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 31st, 2011

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Hey Seniors!! This is a really great opportunity to have Hiatt check over your resume… also Hiatt made a joke! Haunted by family asking what you’ll be doing after graduation? Wishing Trick-or-Treat wasn’t just for kids? Hiatt has a special treat that will make your head spin: resume e-reviews! Just email your resume to hiattchat@gmail.com. […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 31st, 2011

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Please read this extraordinary story of Molly Katchpole a 22 year old from Washington, and her struggle against big banks. She created a petition against Bank of America’s $5 debit card fee. She utilized the website Change.org to raise awareness. Over 300,000 people supported Molly’s cause, and not only is Bank of America revising its […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 30th, 2011

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Please check out this e-mail from Monique Gnanaratnam, the director of the Intercultural Center. Dear All, As many of you might have heard on the news, the city of Van, located on the eastern part of Turkey has experienced a devastating earthquake with the magnitude of 7.2. As of now 550 people have been reported […]

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Posted on: October 30th, 2011

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Funny e-mail of the day, courtesy of our friends at Hiatt. I don't think it needs further explanation.     Tip of the Week: Top 5 tips to avoid a scary interview 1. Don't pull a Frankenstein and grunt at your interviewer – speak clearly and enunciate.   2. Like… don't answer with… like… too […]

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Posted on: October 30th, 2011

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The Student Union sent out an e-mail last week announcing that Take Your Professor to Lunch, an opportunity which the Student Union organizes to facilitate better professor-student relationships, will now be occuring every semester instead of just in the spring. This is great. Ideally you should be able to ask your professor to lunch whenever you want, and not have it […]

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Posted on: October 29th, 2011

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There are two awesome Wikipedia events happening this month- Wikipedia Loves Libraries and the Coding Challenge. The Coding Challenge sounds awesome, but I don't know much about computer coding so I recommend you guys check it out- I'm here to post about the former event. Right now, I'm at the Chicago Meetup branch event of Wikipedia […]

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Posted on: October 29th, 2011

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 You know how we keep getting e-mails from the Student Union telling us to vote Brandeis as the Most Vegan Friendly College? We're in the Top 8 Round for the Most Vegan Friendly Competition! So Vote here: http://features.peta2.com/Vegan-Colleges-2011/default.asp?defaultTab=small&c=p211vfc39 Voting ends Monday, so get us into the final four! Why IS that? It's not like a […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 26th, 2011

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Halloween For The Hungry is looking for volunteers! This year is the 25th anniversary of Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive! As club leaders your position can help inspire and mobilize fellow Brandeisians to get involved and give back to those in need. Ask your organization to volunteer to trick-or-treat for donations of canned goods, […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 26th, 2011

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Make a difference on our country’s most pressing issues If you’re looking for a powerful opportunity to change America for the better, consider U.S. PIRG (U.S. Public Interest Research Group). U.S. PIRG is a federation of state-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that work in the public interest. With U.S. PIRG, you might work to: End our […]

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Posted on: October 25th, 2011

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The Election Results are in! Judiciary Claire Sinai Zach Breslaw John Fonte Senior Rep to The Alumni Board Destiny Aquino Mods Quad Senator Betsy Hinchey Charles River Quad Senator Deena Horowitz Racial Minority Senator Jonathan Beaver Click here to view the Excel document with the vote breakdowns!

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 24th, 2011

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Hello Brandeis, I am very saddened to report that the earthquake in Eastern Turkey has been recorded as having a 7.2 magnitude. According to the CNN article, the death toll has risen to 279, with another 1,300 injured. There have been numerous aftershocks, some reaching to a 6.0 magnitude, which has caused even further damage. […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 24th, 2011

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National Office Furniture has awarded The Brandeis Sustainability Fund the Gift of Inspiration for Education Environments, a prize which comes with $25,000! As Brandeis Now reports, “Janna Cohen-Rosenthal ’03, a member of the Facilities services staff who serves as campus sustainability coordinator, applied for the National Office Furniture gift and says it “is a wonderful […]

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Posted on: October 24th, 2011

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Today is National Food Day, and SEA, the Student Union and Dining Services have partnered to present events to call attention to our nutrition, the effect our eating has on our environment, and more social justice/awareness. It sounds like they are also planning on making it fun. And free. I went to a Chipotle Cultivate […]

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Posted on: October 24th, 2011

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I’m a big fan of Herbie’s presidential e-mails. Especially this one, sent October 21st, which really makes me want to vote today. Since today’s the election. Oh yeah, did you know that? There’s another Student Union Election today. If you don’t want to vote already (note Sec. Kirkland’s thinly veiled threats of more e-mails to […]

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Posted on: October 22nd, 2011

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…with Shadowing! Ba dum dum shhhh, as my friend Roneil would say. This Shadowing program has gotten some good reviews in the past. Basically, you fill out a few questions (the line of work you’re interested in, which major cities you will be near over winter break, what you hope to gain from a shadowing […]

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Posted on: October 20th, 2011

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Confused about Occupy Wall Street? Not sure who to believe about what’s really going on with those protests? Well, now, there may be a better primary source of information. DFA Political Campaign Manager, Gregg Ross, sent out an e-mail about a new project DFA is starting: The Occupiers Journal. As he describes it, “first-hand accounts, […]

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Posted on: October 18th, 2011

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This is a great program setup by Off-Campus Senator Rachel Goutman! Way to help the environment and make school more accessible! Kudos to you, Rachel, I hope this program will go far! E-mail from Secretary Kirkland: Your Off-Campus Senator, Rachel Goutman, has implemented a student run carpool system as a way to provide off-campus students […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 17th, 2011

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The Attack on Public Workers with Andrew Porter, National Organizer of the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) When: Tuesday, October 25th at 8 PM Where: Pearlman Lounge Sponsored by Brandeis Labor Coalition Occupy Wall Street has shown a new break through in class consciousness among the working and middle classes against the financial sector. Yet, the […]

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Posted on: October 14th, 2011

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Secretary Kirkland ’13 just informed me that Student Union elections will be POSTPONED to Monday, October 24th. This is due to the opening of a new position, Senior Representative of the Alumni Association, after the student elected to it decided not to accept. I think this is a good call. I don’t have the energy […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 12th, 2011

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Dear Social Justice Club Leaders, My name is Benjamin Beutel, and I am the new chair of the Student Union Senate Social Justice Committee. The Committee’s first priority this year is to increase correspondence and collaboration between social justice groups and leaders at Brandeis. To get started, I would like to have a meeting of […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 12th, 2011

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COME JOIN the BRANDEIS INTERFAITH GROUP (BIG) and NAMASKAR (the Hindu/Sikh/Jain group on campus) and CHAPLAINCY in WELCOMING A VERY SPECIAL SPEAKER FROM INDIA *Swamini Sadvidyananda Saraswati* This Thursday, October 13, 9 pm-10 pm at the Peace Room in Usdan Student Center (1st floor, Gluck Entrance near Levin ballroom) The Swamimi is a disciple of […]

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Posted on: October 12th, 2011

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Below is a video interview with Brandeis Psychology Professor Peter Descioli and Wired magazine contributing editor Jeff Howe. It’s a fun and enlightening video about social media, and it’s funnier since it’s being discussed by adults. (Favorite line: 600 friends!?!) The conclusion seems to be that this technology mania is just a phase, and will […]

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Posted on: October 12th, 2011

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They use the same e-mails every holiday. I never realized it before, but today when I was reading about the meaning of Sukkot, I thought something sounded a bit familiar. So I read last year’s e-mail from the Chaplains, and then 2 years’ ago, and I discovered: they are exactly the same. The only differences […]

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Posted on: October 11th, 2011

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This Brandeis Now article covers Brandeis students’ involvement in the #Occupy Wall St movement, both in NYC and Boston! It’s not too late to get involved! Read more about it here, from our Live Blogging Occupy Wall St series of posts, to my own experience at Occupy Chicago. Know of other members of the Brandeis […]

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Posted on: October 11th, 2011

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Sorry I didn’t liveblog this, I will try to do so next time. I visited OccupyChicago for the first time this week, on Friday, October 7th when the movement had been active for exactly 2 weeks. I was lucky enough to meet up with esteemed former contributor Lev Hirschhorn ’11. What stuck out to me […]

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Posted on: October 11th, 2011

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The Brandeis Hoot has conducted some insightful surveys of Brandeis students in the past (see: Diversity at Brandeis), so we support its effort to conduct its latest one, on “mental health services provided by Brandeis.” I think this is an especially good choice of topics since I have many, MANY complaints regarding mental health services […]

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Posted on: October 10th, 2011

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Christine Hefner, Hugh’s daughter, is coming to speak at her old alma mater, Brandeis. I have great respect for Playboy Enterprises. Please go to this event, all of you, since I am abroad and will not be able to attend. And bring a copy of the magazine for her to sign. Please. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE […]

Author: elly


Posted on: October 10th, 2011

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For a while now I’ve been troubled by one of Democracy for America’s (DFA’s) new campaign for the 2012 election season: Heroes and Villains. This campaign, which started September 23rd and will end October 14th, allows users to vote for their favorite House and Senate representatives (Heroes) and their least favorite (Villains). While the Hero […]

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Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 8th, 2011

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Check out this activist event from Brittany Ritell! Not eating a thing for 24 hours – what would it feel like? This is the reality for 923 million people around the world. Could you survive a day in their shoes? The famine in Somalia had killed 30,000 children in the last 3 months. Without urgent […]

Author: elly


Posted on: October 5th, 2011

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Y’all should apply to the BSF: GET FUNDED. It’s time to get those green creative juices flowing. In its second exciting year the Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF) is open to your ideas! What is the BSF? The Brandeis Sustainability Fund was created by and for undergraduate students in 2010 to create a $50,000 fund for […]

Author: elly


Posted on: October 4th, 2011

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This fall the FCC will face massive corporate pressure to gut media-ownership rules and pave the way for more media consolidation. In Congress the “Super Committee” will weigh cuts to public media as it trims the federal budget. Meanwhile, Net Neutrality protections preserving the free and open Internet are under increasing threat. On Oct. 21 […]

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Posted on: October 4th, 2011

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Fall 2011 Elections Round 2 will be on Monday, October 17th from 12am to 12am. The interested candidates information session will be Thursday, October 6th at 10 pm in the Student Union Office. The following positions will be voted on: Mods Quad Senator Charles River Quad Senator Racial Minority Senator Judiciary (3 Seats are Open) […]

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Posted on: October 3rd, 2011

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Aramark has a new voluntary meal plan for commuter students, grad students, and those who live in “off-campus apartments,” which includes Charles River, Ridgewood, 567, Foster Mod, although I’m not sure why those dorms are counted as off-campus? Ridgewood?! Anyway, the names of these plans are really the best part: · Wise Plan – $799.00: […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 3rd, 2011

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Hey Brandeis activists, CHECK OUT this very important message from Matt Gabrenya: You’ve heard about Occupy Wall Street… the movement is growing. There are now ongoing occupations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and numerous other cities. This is it folks. A new American democracy movement is developing. This is something that our country has not […]

Author: Esther Brandon


Posted on: October 2nd, 2011

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If you are following the Occupy movement (where there is now an Occupy Boston!!!), you may want to check out this statement is issued by the General Assemblies of the Occupy movement: National General Assemblies Draft Declaration Version: 1.0 Time: 9/30/2011 Over two centuries ago America’s founders gathered to air their grievances with the British […]

Author: elly


Posted on: October 1st, 2011

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Bizarre ad from DateMySchool found on facebook

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Posted on: September 30th, 2011

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The Interfaith Chaplaincy is inviting groups to submit ideas for themed discussions/programs during its weekly Friday peace vigil, held from 12:10-12:30 at the Usdan Peace Circle. If a club, a class, or other type of group you are involved with have ideas of discussions you would like to lead, you can e-mail Alex Levering Kern, […]

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Posted on: September 30th, 2011

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In August, I wrote about the lack of recycling going on in small municipalities such as McComb, Mississippi (Britney Spears’ birth place). So, I was pleased to receive an e-mail from 1800Recycling, telling me that they have noticed that more municipalities have started local recycling programs, and they be featuring these communities on their site. […]

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