Friday Night Live


Every Friday night, free and discounted games in the Usdan Game Room from 8:00 p.m.-Midnight!

For more information on what the Usdan Game Room has to offer click here.

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Check out the NEW Brandeis Events Calendar!

Where are We?

The Department of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center in room 203.

We are open Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm.

Fall 2014 Programs

From Bingo and Trivia to exploring Boston and going apple picking, the fall semester brought a wide variety of programs and events, sponsored by the Department of Student Activities.

Sunday, August 31
Club Conference
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Hassenfeld Conference Center
Join the Department of Student Activities, Conference and Events, the Intercultural Center, Hillel, and the Student Union as we kick off the fall semester. This conference is your one stop program planning shop. Learn how to organize an event and get funding for your programs.

Monday, September 1
Activities Fair
1 p.m.–3 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn
There are many opportunities to be involved at Brandeis! Check out some of the student organizations that can help you find your home! A list of all clubs at Brandeis can be found at

Thursday, September 4
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Start the year off with everyone's favorite game! You can win back-to-school prizes including a poster shopping spree, Keurig coffee maker, and vacuum!

Friday, September 5
Explore Boston!
3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., Usdan Shuttle Stop
Take this opportunity to visit local attractions, such as the New England Aquarium and Museum of Science, at discounted prices. You may purchase discounted tickets in advance at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center or at the Department of Student Activities in Room 203 Shapiro Campus Center, using cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. Or, buy them day-of at the Usdan shuttle stop, cash or check only.

Saturday, September 6
Mobile Scavenger Hunt through Boston
Noon, Shapiro Campus Center & Boston
Want to get to know Boston better AND win prizes? Find a team or play alone and take part in a scavenger hunt through Boston with your smart phone!

Saturday, September 6
Hypnotist: David Hall
9 p.m., Levin Ballroom, Usdan
Enjoy this hilarious hypnosis show in which your peers will truly be the stars of the show. Watch students perform skits, compete in dance competitions, or even visit the planet Mars, all under hypnosis. Co-sponsored by Student Events.

Sunday, September 7
24 Hour Musical
8 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Witness the talent behind staging a musical in just 24 hours! Limited tickets available. Get your tickets on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in the SCC patio.  Sponsored by Tympanium Euphorium.

Wednesday, September 10
Lighting and Dedication with Artist Chris Burden
Galleries open 5 p.m.; program begins 6:30 p.m., Rose Art Museum
Join President Lawrence, Brandeis University and the Rose Art Museum as we dedicate and light the newest permanent installation, the Light of Reason by artist Chris Burden. Reception and entertainment to follow. Co-sponsored by the Rose Art Museum

Friday, September 12
Comedian: Arvin Mitchell
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Arvin Mitchell is one of hottest comedians requested on the college circuit. Appearing in comedy clubs including Comic Strip Live, Boston Comedy Club, Irvine Improv Room, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store, Arvin’s comedic style appeals to both urban and mainstream audiences worldwide.

Saturday, September 13

11 a.m.–6 p.m., Fenway Park
Featuring live music, celebrity appearances and free swag from more than 100 local and national sponsors, CollegeFest attracts thousands of college students each year, making it the most heavily attended back-to-school event in New England! Best of all, CollegeFest is free! You can also pre-register for special perks and VIP access. Take the MBTA Green Line  from Riverside Station to Fenway Station or provide your own transportation. Sponsored by CollegeFest@Fenway.

Saturday, September 13
Drive In Movie: 22 Jump Street
7:30 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center, Great Lawn
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Sponsored by Student Events.

Sunday, September 14
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Shopping Trip
Noon–6 p.m., Bus leaves from T-Lot
Get off campus for an afternoon to shop, eat and browse among 170 outlet stores! All participating students will receive a coupon book for the outlets. Get your ticket at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium; $5 refundable deposit required.

Monday, September 15 and Tuesday, September 16
Global Prints Poster Sale

9 a.m.–5 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Come find the perfect poster to decorate your room and make it feel like home! From music to movies to art, Beyond the Wall is sure to have a poster to add extra personality to your home away from home!

Wednesday, September 17
Constitution Day
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Shapiro Campus CenterAtrium
Celebrate the signing of the US Constitution in 1787 by picking up your free pocket copy of the Constitution and celebrating your rights.

Thursday, September 18
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Grab some friends and test your trivia knowledge! We’ll be giving away a $75 gift card to Margaritas Mexican Restaurant for the 1st place team and $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card to 2nd place!

Saturday, September 20
Fall Concert Series featuring Mike Posner
8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.), Levin Ballroom, Usdan,
Kickoff the Fall Concert Series with US Billboard Hot 100 artist Mike Posner! With hit songs like "Cooler Than Me", "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow", Posner’s voice and energy will be all the reason to come out to one of the biggest nights of the year! Brandeis student tickets: $5; non-Brandeis: $10 in advance/$15 at-the-door (limit 2). Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center. Sponsored by Student Events. SOLD OUT!

Friday, September 26
Trip to the Big E
10 a.m.–8 p.m., Bus leaves from T-Lot
The largest fair in the Northeast, the Big E is a 17 day extravaganza with top name entertainment, the Big E Circus Spectacular, exhibits, rides, shopping, food from around the world and so much more! Purchase tickets at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center, students: $10; non-Brandeis guests, faculty and staff: $15.

Saturday, September 27
Murder at the Juice Joint: Murder Mystery Game
8 p.m., The Stein
A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring 20s! A party is being planned and you are invited! Solve the case to figure out who is next on the hit list. With the recipe for murder, The Juice Joint will be certain to be serving up a night of mayhem to remember. Please pre-register here: The registration deadline is noon, Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, October 2
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Grab some friends and drop by the Stein for a chance to win lots of great prizes. "Brandeis Pride" prizes including blankets, water bottles, bags, and more!

Saturday, October 4
Break the Fast
6 p.m.9 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Great Lawn
Join President Fred and Dr. Kathy Lawrence at this year's Break the Fast, following the Yom Kippur holiday. Our entire campus community is invited to gather on the Great Lawn. Lots of delicious food, all kosher. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Division of Students and Enrollment.

Thursday, October 9HoneyPot
Apple Picking at Honey Pot Hill
1 p.m.–5 p.m., Bus leaves from T-Lot
Pick the crispest apples you can find before heading home to bake some pies for your roommates! Price of apples is not included in trip. Cash & check only at pick-your-own and much of the orchard, ATM in the farm store. Visit the appleshop, hedgemaze, tunnelmaze and farm animals. Enjoy cider donuts, caramel apples, apple and pumpkin pies and frozen yogurt. Hayrides also available. Get your ticket at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium; $5 refundable deposit required.

Thursday, October 16
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Bring your brain and your friends to this friendly competition. Play as an individual or play with a team of five. Prizes include a $75 gift card to Uno Pizzeria & Grill and $25 gift card to Panera Bread.

Friday, October 17–Sunday October 19
Athletics Homecoming
Various Times, Gosman Athletic Center
Celebrate Brandeis Athletics! Bring your friends and family to homecoming festivities and cheer on the Swimming and Diving, Soccer, and Alumni teams! For a full list of Athletics Homecoming events, visit:
Co-sponsored by Friends of Brandeis Athletics (FOBA), Brandeis University Alumni Association, and the Alumni Club of Greater Boston.

Thursday, October 23–Monday, October 27
Fall Fest
Nothing beats fall in New England — except fall at Brandeis! Fall Fest Weekend, scheduled for October 23-27, 2014, is the annual family weekend program that highlights the life students are creating at Brandeis.

Friday, October 31
Brandeis Halloween
Noon–Midnight, Campus-wide
Enjoy a day full of fun and fright as we take part in Halloween across the campus! From free candy to various activities, check back later for details.

Thursday, November 6
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Grab some friends and drop by the Stein for a chance to win get-ready-for-winter prizes, including Brandeis winter gear, supplies to keep you warm, and plenty of snacks to prepare for finals!

Thursday, November 13
Kindness Day
Join Brandeis in spreading random and planned acts of kindness throughout the day, creating a ripple effect across campus! Be on the lookout for events and surprises throughout the day!

Thursday, November 20
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Bring your brain and your friends to this friendly competition. Play as an individual or play with a team of five. Prizes include a $75 gift card to Margaritas Mexican Restaurant  and a $25 gift card to Chipotle.

Throughout December
Holidays at Brandeis

The holidays are a special time for the Brandeis community. From the Messiah Sing to the Latke/Hamentashen Debate to the ICC’s Holidaze program, we have events for everyone to celebrate the season. Visit for details!

Thursday, December 4
9:30 p.m., The Stein
Celebrate the end of the semester with a combination Trivia and BINGO game! Prizes include The Magic Bullet, an Amazon Kindle, a $75 gift card to Uno Pizzeria & Grill, and so much more!

Tuesday, December 9
Messiah Sing
4 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
The beloved Brandeis tradition Messiah Sing returns to the Shapiro Campus Center atrium. All members of the Brandeis community, as well as family and friends, are welcome to celebrate the holiday season with the sing-along concert of Handel’s masterwork "Messiah."