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College Meal Plans Are Stunting Our Growth

Emily Reich | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Emily Reich

Requiring meal plans keeps college students dependent on someone else during the period when we are learning to be autonomous. For all of the freedom afforded to us in college environments, meal plans serve as a slap in the face of our independence.

Free Speech on Campus: The 10 Worst Offenders of 2014

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Schools all across the country not only fall short on promises of free expression and academic freedom but openly suppress constitutionally protected speech on campus by using tools such as speech codes to shut down forms of expression that might be uncomfortable, disagreeable, or even offensive to some members of the campus community.

YouTube Beauty Gurus Wipe Off the Makeup and Look for Something Deeper

Emily Reich | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
Emily Reich

I recently noticed a certain trend in the video content of many YouTubers who focus on beauty and lifestyle -- dissatisfaction.

Study Abroad: To Go or Not to Go

Betty Revah | Posted 04.12.2015 | College
Betty Revah

Going abroad is just like taking a huge leap of faith. It won't be anything like you picture in your head, it will be challenging and at times frustrating, but it will also exceed your expectations in unexpected ways, and its not something you will be able to do after you graduate.

On the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education: Why College Is Better in the U.S.

Betty Revah | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Betty Revah

For me, the opportunity of experiencing a liberal arts education was initially frustrating. But it also meant being allowed -- even encouraged -- to change my major.

Did I Major in International and Global Studies or 'B.S.?'

Alisha Steindecker | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Alisha Steindecker

There are systematic flaws in higher education and, by the time you are a senior, you are burnt out and "over" the system.

Brandeis President To Step Down, Take Job At Yale

AP | Posted 02.04.2015 | College

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a story Jan. 30 about Brandeis University's president stepping down, The Associated Press erroneously described the school's...

What Happened to My Son's Memory?

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" nam...

What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

As a parenting expert and author, I'm fortunate enough to work with some of the premiere universities and hospitals currently conducting research on this very subject. So shouldn't I be inoculated against this type of unwelcome infiltration in my own home? Um, hell no. No parent is.

How Not to Raise a Generation of Quitters

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The new parenting model is a "hybrid" philosophy called "Empowerment Parenting" and it might just help us raise an entire generation of successful students.

Finding My Voice and Creating Poetry From Tragedy

Global Kids | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Before Global Kids, I had a fear about what would happen if I opened my mouth. Would I get myself in trouble? Would I get my family in trouble? Global Kids taught us that what we have to say is important and that it can contribute to the discussions at hand.

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

Tyler Kingkade

University Punishes Sexual Assault With Sensitivity Training

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.12.2014 | College

Following a six-month investigation, officials at Brandeis University found a male student guilty of sexual assault, only to punish him with a warning...

Ousted New York Times Editor Backs Out Of Commencement Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.16.2014 | College

Jill Abramson has elected not to attend commencement ceremonies at Brandeis University, where she would've received an honorary degree this weekend, a...

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neither a Critic of Islam, Nor a Champion of Women's Rights

Nathan Lean | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Nathan Lean

It is fine to be a critic of Islam or any religion. But Hirsi Ali crosses a line. Suggesting that her views are simply unfavorable normalizes extremism.

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Differing opinions and the academic freedom to discuss them constitute the backbone of any university. But if anyone should know about the impact hate has on people, it is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The fact that Louis Brandeis' namesake college is being used by students at other campuses to rationalize the exclusion of speakers on the basis of their beliefs is dizzyingly ironic, and terribly sad.

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this case, Brandeis got it right.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

Hats off to Brandeis University!

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Brandeis' moral act on this issue invites those Muslims who invest heavily in the Jewish versions of Ayan Hirsi Ali to stop promoting these ex-Jews or anti-Semitism-vomiting Jews as the most favored Jews in certain Muslim communities.

University Decides Against Honoring Critic Who Called For Islam To Be 'Defeated'

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 06.08.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Musli...

BREAKING: Turkeys Can Fly, Though Not Well

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.31.2014 | Weird News

Turkeys are idiots. There, we said it. But we have to hand it to them: they've tricked us into thinking for an embarrassingly long time that they c...

'It's The Way America Usually Works'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.25.2013 | College

Students and alumni at Brandeis University are calling for their school to end the high pay dished out to someone who doesn't "punch a clock" for his ...