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On point: fencer Joanne Carminucci ’19 finds new passion for political research

After four years on the Brandeis women’s fencing team, this senior eyes a career in political research Judges fencing captain Joanne Carminucci ’19 recently completed her final season on the varsity women’s team. When she’s not on the fencing strip, the politics and economics double major from Brewster, New York is likely working with professor Jill Greenlee on research related to political and gender socialization in children. BrandeisNOW caught up with Carminucci to learn more about her fencing and her academic work on campus: Did you think you were going to fence in college from the beginning? When I was just 11 or 12, when I was just starting out, my original club had some posters and info sheets around the club saying "These colleges have fencing teams!" When I started looking at schools, there were only two schools that I was really interested in fencing for and Brandeis was one of them. I liked Brandeis the best of all the schools I was looking at. Politics professor Jill Greenlee has been working on a research project about political and gender socialization of kids, so I have worked with her for the past year-and-a-half or so on that. Overall, being a research assistant for professor Greenlee was a really great experience. We’ll see, but I want to get into economic policy research, social science research, things like that. I’m in the middle of my job search now and a lot of the positions I'm looking for are designed to last a year or two so that you have the flexibility to attend graduate school if you want.

Dori: Liberal identity politics knocked Gonzaga out of NCAA tourney

I love everything about the Gonzaga basketball program. Gonzaga was the #2-odds choice — right behind Duke — to win the national championship. But, after this past week, God made sure that would not happen. Loyola-Ill won in 1963. USF with Bill Russell won in 1955-56. And even our own Seattle U (with Elgin Baylor) made the championship game in 1958. But then the Jesuits went off the deep end with radical liberal identity politics. Of course God would not want such nonsense from a university representing him in the Final Four. And so, for Gonzaga, it was a great season. What a shame — you could’ve won it all.

Charles Barkley lashes out at NCAA, FBI and politics at Final Four

SportsPulse: Ahead of the Final Four, Charles Barkley did not hold back his feelings on the NCAA and FBI. “I’m still trying to figure out why the FBI is involved,” Barkley said. We cheated back then. The toothpaste is out of the tube. They said they gave that kid at Arizona (Ayton) $100,000. “I didn’t realize the FBI needed to be paying attention to college basketball. “These (political) parties suck. Republicans do what they do — they’re gonna take care of rich people. We as democrats have to start calling our party out more. We have to start holding our politicians (more) accountable.