JACK OF ALL TRADES: Rev. M.K. Souza works with over a dozen organizations that deal with topics ranging from climate change to the rights of Native Americans.
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Most would agree there are few places as overwhelming as the Shapiro Campus Center on the day of the Winter Involvement Fair. This Sunday, hundreds of students wandered through the atrium, some looking to join a new club and others passionately promoting their own.
GOOD SPIRITS: Orientation leaders hosted a “Spirit Rally” to welcome the incoming students and teach them about the Brandeis school spirit.
How do you stump a couple of Orientation Leaders? Try asking them to pick their favorite part of Orientation. From discovering all the resources Brandeis offers, to facilitating social and informational events to integrating their grouplets (Brandeis slang for new students at Orientation) into the Brandeisian way of life, Maya Fields ’19 and Ben Korman ’19 revealed in an interview with the Justice what it’s like to be an OL, and why picking their favorite part is such a delightful dilemma.
Daryl Cabrol ’20 was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and came to the United States when he was six years old. When asked about his childhood in Haiti, Cabrol recalls, “I moved in with my aunt and cousin around the time my mom got sick, which is when everything started to get crazy. It started to spiral out of control, basically, because after her funeral I moved to many different places. I didn’t even see her get buried because there was a family feud between my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s side of the family. It was more of a mixture of miscommunication and not trusting one another... I started living with my grandmother after that, and then my father got shot. He got shot three times and was in critical condition; thankfully he survived. I think that was his wake-up call of how dangerous it was getting. So that was when we moved to Queens, New York, to live with my grandfather.”
ARTSY POWER: Annie Storr recalls gazing at Rembrandt’s “Parable of the Prodigal Son”. She says the experience showed her the transformative power of art and taught her that some art is ambiguous and is not meant to be fully understood or “solved”.
What do motorcycles, crickets and camel’s milk all have in common? All were presented as ideas for social enterprises at the Hult Prize competition @ Brandeis.
PILL POPPING: Dr. Andrew Kolodny believes this “epidemic is fueled by the over-prescribing of drugs, not bad behavior.”
THE ENERGY CRISIS: The Hult prize competition is premised off the notion that the world faces a global energy crisis.
How serious is the opioid epidemic in America? On Nov. 16, Dean David Weil of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative co-hosted a film screening and panel discussion of the film “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” in the Wasserman Cinematheque. The HBO documentary takes a harsh look at the stunning effects of the opioid epidemic in America.
“My dad says that ‘Every rabbi has only one sermon, and they spend their entire lives trying to perfect it.’ So, this is my effort … to try and continue to perfect that sermon,” said Dr. David Mandell in his presentation titled “The Broken Links Between Policy and Practice in Autism Care.”
Nestled in the mountains and forests of northern Colombia is the small village of Tamaquito. Tamaquito has been the home to a small tribe known as the Wayúu people. For decades, this tribe has lived off the land, farming and hunting with relatively little connection to the outside world. But in 1980, the Swiss energy company, Glencore began building the largest open pit coal mine (El Cerrejón) adjacent to Wayúu territory, turning the lives of those people upside down and forcing them to make life or death decisions.
RISING TENSIONS: As Jairo tries to peacefully negotiate with Cerrejón, he receives a call threatening him and his tribe if they do not leave their homes.
REACHING THE LIMITS: Dr. David Mandell explained that legislation to mandate autism treatment may not go far enough.
Across the United States, many people go about their daily lives eating only half the sandwich they bought from the corner store, throwing out extra produce that has gone bad and subscribing to the notion that food cannot be eaten post-expiration date.
GOING THE DISTANCE: Prof. Ramie Targoff (ENG) traveled to the American Academy in Rome to study the life of Vittora Colonna.
CHILD HUNGER: According to the film “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” 40 percent of the food being produced in the U.S. is wasted.
Prof. Ramie Targoff (ENG) knows just what it takes to write a book. With three academic works under her belt, Targoff’s most recent book is a biography of Vittora Colonna, the first woman poet to publish a sonnet series in Italy. In addition to her biography, Targoff has also translated one of two sets of Colonna’s poems in a series called “Other Voices of the Renaissance.”
On Sept. 11, 2001, when everyone else was rushing out of the Twin Towers and away from the wreckage, first responder Michael Guttenberg ’89 was rushing in to help.