July 7, 2015

The Culture of Chumley’s (a.k.a. Chum’s)

What is Chum’s, you ask? It’s the coffee house embedded in our castle – the rest of which is filled with quizzically structured sophomore housing. It was rumored that two of Brandeis’s alumni Marta Kauffman (the executive producer and co-creator of Friends) and David Crane (the co-creator, writer, and executive producer of Friends) used Chum’s as inspiration for Central Perk, but those speculations ended when one of them spoke at Brandeis and dispelled the rumors.

Despite the disappointing lack of connection between Chums and Friends, it’s still one of the greatest places on campus. Clubs hold coffeehouses there on a weekly basis to promote what they’re doing and entertain for the night. Sketch comedy and improv groups often perform to a chummy (no pun intended) crowd.  Last week a hip-hop night displayed some of Brandeis’s legit rappers like saz.É and Y-love. This week is the first Punk Rock and Roll Club’s (PRRC) show of the semester, which features Caspian, Screaming Females, and Ryan Power.

PRR is a club that brings bands to Chums to entertain the hipsters of Brandeis. Some notable past performances have been Toro y Moi, Future Islands, Phantogram, Best Coast, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Pictureplane, Dan Deacon, Ted Leo and The Books. The last of which actually played at our Rose Art Museum. Pretty cool, huh?

Let us not forget the comfy couches, relaxing atmosphere, friendly employees, tea, grizzled cheese and Lizzy’s ice cream.

When you come to Chums for a concert, you never quite know what type of act you'll see on stage.

About Sophie

My name is Sophie Silverstein and I’m a senior studying Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. On campus I’m a photographer for Archon (our yearbook), I work on layout for Where the Children Play (our literary magazine), I am an Orientation Leader and Midyear Mentor for incoming students and I occasionally dance with Adagio (our all-inclusive dance company).

Slightly less related to Brandeis, I blog for The Campus Style, Brandeis Chapter (www.thecampusstyle.com/BrandeisStyle) and I mentor/tutor youth who work at More than Words, a progressive and inspirational bookstore in Waltham. Did I mention that I’m graduating this year? Excuse me, but when did that happen!? Let’s hope my liberal arts education and above resume gets me a job somewhere.


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