On Friday nights, the Shapiro Campus Center loses its classic busyness. The chattering study groups have dissipated, along with the sprawling line at Einstein’s Bagels. But two floors up from the sleepy study space, one room is alive with laughter and music.
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Despite the playground phrase that was sprinkled throughout my elementary school years — “Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider, girls go to college to get more knowledge” — my time spent in school was marked by a subtle undercurrent that I wasn’t going to be eligible for the world of “serious” academia.
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Destiny Morton ’20 never expected to set foot on a college campus. Growing up in a family where no one was a college graduate and with multiple suspensions under her belt by the time she was a high school freshman, Morton did not see herself entering the world of higher education.
Rasheed Peters ’20 describes himself as a person with a lot of ideas. Despite his ease at thinking up new concepts, Peters acknowledges that he struggles to make his ideas actually come to fruition. After months of securing shoot locations and recruiting personnel, Peters' current project — a talk show — finally premiered last Sunday on YouTube.
When Alex Chang ’22 studies, he is usually gulping down a black coffee in the Quiet Study Area, colloquially known as ‘the Dungeon’ around campus, while listening to Metallica. The Dungeon is where students are careful to be as quiet as possible, with some even monitoring the noise of their typing, so as to not disturb the silent environment.
Ira Bornstein ’22 doesn’t have a clear memory of when his passion for fashion started. But his love for clothing has earned him— @yvngiraa — nearly 2,500 Instagram followers. At Brandeis, Bornstein is interested in studying business with an emphasis on fashion. His love of fashion and interest in business is exemplified by his hobby of reselling clothes.
You might be bad, but there’s a way to be perfectly good at it. Last Wednesday, students flocked to the Student Sexuality Information Services office in the Shapiro Campus Center to learn about safe ways to practice bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism.
This midterm election season brought forth the rise of diverse candidates and winners: from Massachusetts’ own Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress, to the election of Andy Kim, the first Korean-American Democrat in Congress. While the 2018 election cycle had record-breaking numbers of diverse winners, it also was the most expensive, with House candidates alone raising more than $1 billion dollars. Since the 1980s, the increasing role of money in politics is just one of the reasons for our increasingly polarized political climate, according to Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds.
Not long ago, domestic violence was regarded as a family issue. When police responded to a domestic disturbance call, they often told abusers to just take a walk. With the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1991, domestic violence shifted from being a “family” matter to a national, political issue. However, the criminalization of domestic violence did not solve the problem. And as people are increasingly entering and being abused in romantic relationships that are not heteronormative, the perceptions and discourse surrounding domestic violence have to change, according to a domestic violence panel.
When Max LeBlanc ’22 was a freshman in high school, he began working in a local ice cream store. In his hometown, the tourism-driven community of Kennebunk, Maine, LeBlanc was just looking to earn some extra money for college. As a 14-year-old, he had no idea that in less than four years, he would be the founder of his own dessert shop.