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Questions or concerns about Fall Fest may be directed to Student Activities at 781-736-5065 or

Operating Hours
9 a.m.5 p.m.

Fall Fest Advisors

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean of Students/
Director of Student Activities

Steve Pagios
Associate Director of Student Activities

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Student Profile


Name: Lianne Gross '16
Major: History and NEJS, minor in Secondary ED
Involvement on campus: Theater Assistant in SCC theater; Artistic Director of B'yachad, Brandeis' Israeli Dance Troupe
What is your favorite part of Fall Fest? I love meeting all the parents and friends and talking to them about Brandeis and why they love it.
How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? Fall Fest has shown me how much of a community Brandeis is. I have had a chance to meet people from all over the country and hear their stories. It has made me more excited about taking every opportunity and adventure during my time at Brandeis. Fall Fest has made me appreciate the small things that I sometimes take for granted that make Brandeis the unique and wonderful place it is.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time working on Fall Fest? I have always worked at the Registration Table, and I would meet parents and realize that they are the parents of my friends. They always love meeting a friend of their child!

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Saturday, October 25

9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fall Fest Welcome and Registration Area
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

9 a.m.–10 a.m.
Dance Studio (009), Gosman Athletic Center

Looking to start your morning feeling refreshed and revitalized? Come join us in Yoga for a great “workout” in a casual, relaxed, and fun atmosphere. Whether you are learning Yoga (beginners welcomed), or are a seasoned Yogi, participating in one of Brandeis’ fitness programs will benefit your mind, body, and spirit. (*Note: This event would only run if there are at least 10 participants, so please register today!)

Beginning at 9 a.m.
Shabbat Services
Services include:
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

10 a.m.
Off-Campus Trip: Salem, featuring Hysteria
Board bus at 9:45 a.m., front of Spingold Theater
Board bus at 3:30 p.m., return to campus around 4:30 p.m.

Take a bus ride over to Salem to celebrate Halloween early!  In the morning, friends and families will have the opportunity to explore this city on their own and submerge themselves in the Fall spirit. At 2 p.m. everybody will report to the Salem Haunted Magic Show to enjoy an interactive magic and mind reading performance, Hysteria, exposing the Salem Witch Trails and Modern Spiritualist Movement.  This magic show will leave you scratching your heads, widen your eyes and possibly letting out some screams!

*Lunch will not be provided.

Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets: $35/person. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

10:15 a.m.–11 a.m.

Admissions Information Session
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Come learn all about Brandeis from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

11 a.m.–noon.
Admissions Campus Tour
Leaving from Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Take a tour of the Brandeis campus.

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Academic/Faculty Presentations
Mandel G3, Olin-Sang 101

Looking for the edge you need to finally win at Trivial Pursuit? Come hear members of the Brandeis faculty deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics!

Here's for a list of presentations for Saturday (PDF):

11 a.m.– midnight
Open Gameroom for Siblings and Others

Lower level of Usdan Student Center

Lunch Break
Mandel Atrium

An informal “meet and greet” with Brandeis Faculty where students and families are welcome to learn more about classes, majors, and any other academic points of interest.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Elyse Winick '86, Jewish Chaplain
Feldberg Lounge, Hassenfeld Conference Center/Upper Sherman
This week's topic:  A Jewish Look at Organ Donation

2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Brandeis Players presents Angels in America, Part One:Millennium Approaches
Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center

An abridged version of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning play

New York City, 1985: the fates of two vastly different but equally troubled couples become intertwined within questionable realms of reality.  Louis, a neurotic gay Jew, learns that his partner, former-drag-queen Prior, has contracted AIDS, and as Prior's sickness progresses, Louis's ability to cope deteriorates. Meanwhile, closeted homosexual Mormon Republican  Joe Pitt is offered a major promotion by his mentor, a bigoted lawyer named Roy Cohn. For Joe, the potential move and his troubles with his sexuality throw a wrench in his marriage with his valium-addicted, agoraphobic wife, Harper, who lives in a world of hallucinations. As these two worlds collide with flashes of humor, raw honesty, and theatrical magic, Angels confronts the struggles of human nature, identity, and relationships in a turbulent era of American politics while forcing us to question our relationship with time. (Rated PG-13)

Tickets: $5; students $3. Purchase ticket at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium or online. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Fall Fest registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Dinner as a “Family”

Take some time tonight to enjoy dinner together at one of the many area restaurants!

Beginning at 5:10 p.m.
Shabbat Services

Services include
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel
Reform Havdallah, Pearlman Lounge

7:30 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
Student Events Film Series: Guardians of the Galaxy
Mandel G03

In the summer blockbuster featuring Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Batista, watch a group of space criminals work together to stom a fanatic from destroying the galaxy in Guardians of the Galexy! (Rated PG-13)

8 p.m.
Annual Fall Fest Variety Show

Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

We all know Brandeis students are smart, but did you also know they have a ton of talent? Join the Brandeis community for a night of entertainment, featuring acts like Kaos Kids, Rather Be Giraffes, and other exciting and impressive student performances! Come enjoy all that Brandeis students have to offer!

If you cannot attend the Fall fest Variety Show in person, watch it online at

8 p.m.–9 p.m.
Brandeis Improv Collective: Ultimate Jam Session
Slosberg Music Center

Bring your parents to the Slosberg Music Center and join the ultimate jam session with Brandeis's own Improv Collective, under the direction of improv expert and acclaimed saxophonist Tom Hall. Admission is free.