• The White House is calling the upgrade of centrifuges for Iran’s nuclear program “a further escalation and a continuing violation” of its obligations to the international community. [Times of Israel]

• During his contentious hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel apologized again for his remarks on the ‘Jewish’ lobby. [JTA]

• Josh Nathan-Kazis outlines a national student protest aimed against Hillel ban that bars sponsorship or involvement with any groups that support the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement. [Forward]

• The Times profiles many of the prominent female (largely Jewish) theater directors among what was once seemingly a boys’ only club in New York. [NYT]

• Watch Beyoncé perform the National Anthem live at a press conference ahead of the Super Bowl. It’s pretty great. [Gawker]