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The Best of Boston…in Waltham!

brandeis eatsThis month’s Boston Magazine features the city’s best cheap eats and many of them happen to be a stone’s throw from Brandeis! From an amazing egg sandwich to five star tacos, these once hidden gems are now front page news.

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This month’s cover shows a steaming breakfast sandwich found at Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions on none other than Moody St in Waltham. One look at that melty cheese, smoking bun, and thick cut might make you consider setting your alarm clock an hour early to get there right at 7am. However, the $5.50 price tag is what will actually makes you do it. While you’re there, check out everything the deli has to offer, and you may just consider a return trip for lunch. Moody’s yelp page boasts rave reviews of their Bahn Mi along with their pastrami sandwich named “the Katz.” At Moody’s you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. Even though the sandwiches are in the range of $10-$12, once you experience the quality, the value is undeniable.

If a sandwich value doesn’t get you off the couch, perhaps the tacos found at Taqueria El Amigo on Willow St in Waltham will. This incredibly tiny restaurant will earn a giant sized place in your heart if you’re craving tacos el pastor or some mighty tasty salsa. They actually import the sodas from Mexico, so say adios to high fructose corn syrup and bienvenidos to sugar in that Coca-Cola…delivered to your table in a vintage glass bottle. The cheap eats section begins with a photo of their now famous tacos, but Boston Magazine wants you to try the lengua taco. Perhaps you should head over and sample a few varieties, then decide for yourself. Just make sure to bring cash; no credit cards are accepted. This place has been a long-time favorite of Brandeis students looking for good food near campus. Check out their yelp page with 4.5 stars after 199 reviews.

There are tons of  other options in not so distant locations, but when you feel the need to head downtown to sample some amazing fare, remember there are a few renowned local joints, not too far from campus that might just satisfy your cravings!

Explore nature just steps from Brandeis

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Snowdrops blooming on the Brandeis campus.

There’s always something happening at Brandeis, but did you know you can also experience some local wildlife steps from campus? Both the Waltham Land Trust and Mass Audubon offer members of the local community access to parks, trails, programming and more.

The Waltham Land Trust hosts a number of events to get you outside throughout the year, from hiking to biking, to clean-ups and playground building. There are tons of opportunities to get out and about this spring and summer- check out pics from recent events! New England is known for beautiful seasons and exploring the parks in the spring, summer, fall, and winter can help you get inspired to write that upcoming paper you’ve been avoiding. Not sure where to go? The Waltham Land Trust offers a series of maps to help get you started.

One map on the Land Trust website will show you the way to the Beaver Brook Historic Reservation in Belmont. Easily accessed by public transportation, just hop on the commuter rail from Brandeis and head inbound to the Waverly stop. Whether you’re in the mood to cross-country ski in the winter, go fishing this spring, or cool off in summer, Beaver Brook offers 60 acres of outdoor activity right on the Waltham/Belmont line. Make sure to check out the waterfall and historic mill while you’re there!

Feeling super adventurous? Journey to nearby Belmont or Lincoln and visit the parks and greenspace associated with Mass Audubon. Mass Audubon offers a lot more than birdwatching and hiking. They support the community by offering seasonal CSAs (community supported agriculture), lectures on various topics, and classes in Photoshop or cheesemaking. You can find out all the happenings by accessing their programs page. The wildlife sanctuaries and parks associated with Mass Audubon are not only beautiful, but a center of activity. You can spend an hour, day or days at the parks being as active or inactive as you’d like. Mass Audubon offers you the opportunity to volunteer your time and grow your talents.

 

Tapas and Science? Yes Please

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What do science and tapas have in common? Seemingly not very much, unless you’re at Brandeis. Now you won’t be able to imagine one without the other.

On the first Monday of every month from 6-7pm, Cafe Science (whose mission is to engage the local community in conversation about cutting-edge scientific research) takes over a room at Solea (whose mission is to serve amazing tapas) on Moody Street in Waltham. Everyone is welcome to learn something new from Brandeis faculty while they enjoy amazing food in a warm and welcoming environment.

The next talk on February 3rd is with Mathematics Professor Ruth Charney, titled “Geometry for Grown-Ups.” Professor Charney plans to explore geometric structures, both useful and fun to play with. Did you know she’s also the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics?

Well, if Geometry isn’t enough to get you out the door, save the date for Professor Paul Garrity’s talk on April 7th, “From Spicy Hot to Minty Fresh: Temperature, Taste and Pain.” Professor Garrity specializes in the study of molecular genetics of neural development and behavior at Brandeis while running a number of studies in the lab. He might be able to tell us why some folks at Solea prefer the spice of patatas bravas while others enjoy the savory and sweet chuletillas. You’ll just have to go to find out for yourself.

Whatever the topic, you’ll definitely have a great time. Only here will you learn something new while trying a new tapa each month. For a complete list of speakers and their topics (past and future), visit the Cafe Science website or Facebook page.

Whitten at The Rose Art Museum

If you don’t know Jack, you should and here’s how.

This fall, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University features the earlier works of Jack Whitten, an American artist whose work is based on Abstract Expressionism, a post-WWII art movement that helped define and bring new life to the art scene in New York City. This exhibition is the pioneering artist’s first solo exhibition in New England, and features several never-before exhibited monumental canvases from the early 1970s.

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Photograph by Mike Lovett

Access to an exhibition like Light Years is part of what makes Brandeis University an experience for students that is second to none. Offering a program of learning that emphasizes an in interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems is what helps develop the leaders of tomorrow. Jack Whitten left Alabama in the 1960s amidst a backdrop of civil rights turmoil to pursue his new truth and become an innovator in his field.

In the 1994 summer issue of BOMB, an art magazine written and edited by artists, Jack Whitten is interviewed Kenneth Goldsmith. Whitten says, “Transformation is very important. Materials are just raw materials, that’s all. It’s like a word, anybody can have access to the same word, but a word in your mouth is totally different from a word in mine.” In his work on display at the Rose Art Gallery, Whitten speaks to new audiences by adding depth to the canvas and removing gesture from stroke. He moves into a space of his own, defining his work for himself and presenting it to the masses.

If you don’t know Jack yet, you should, and find the inspiration to master the power of your words before Light Years closes on December 15, 2013. The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is always free and open to the public, Tuesdays – Sundays, 12-5pm.

News and Notes @BrandeisSummer

While we are planning our Summer School program for 2014, Brandeis is bustling with activity. Here are a few highlight articles from around campus, enjoy!

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Brandeis Bridges

Beginning this semester, the Brandeis Bridges program offers 10 students the opportunity to identify and share the similarities of being either Black or Jewish, rather than differences. These students will travel to Israel together in early January and, through that shared experience, make discoveries about themselves and others that will shape their interactions with diversity throughout the rest of their lives.

Students practicing in the program will share their findings with the peers when they return, continuing to educate themselves and others with their newly formed knowledge.

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New Korean language course, Korean 10A

Brandeis also offers students the opportunity to learn another language this semester with the introduction of the first Korean language course, Korean 10A. An interest in Korean language and culture, partially brought about from the rise of pop-singer Psy in conjunction with the student formed BKCLI (Brandeis Korean Course and Language Initiative), paved the road to access funding for a full-time hire. Graduate student Sung-Chul Hong is teaching Korean 10A. Whether or not the program will grow from the beginner language course is yet to be determined, but for the students enrolled, the opportunity is a stepping-stone for their future.

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Summer School Email Notifications

Summer School may not be top of mind right now with the holidays approaching, but remember, Summer School is great time to experience something new. Whether its making new friends, exploring new lands, or learning another language there are countless opportunities to grow at Brandeis. Don’t forget to sign up for key date reminders for Summer 2014 here.

 

Hoot Impressions

Perhaps you’re not interested in exploring lands and languages outside of New England, but are curious about other Brandeis students. The Brandeis Hoot, the University’s Community Newspaper, offers readers an impression of the thoughts and advice shared by the student community, in the section aptly titled, “Impressions.”

Recently Eliana Sinoff shared her thoughts on how best to get your voice heard when working with others on projects or in clubs, while Michael Wang encouraged others to explore the city of Boston for themselves to discover what it has to offer. Perspectives on live music, campus food service, and sorority life are also shared by students who look to offer their insight to the larger Brandeis community. Reading “Impressions” offers you the opportunity to learn something new without leaving your computer.

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