WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A third of the 3,000 students at Brandeis University turned out to cast ballots on the fate of a newspaper branded anti-Semitic, with a small majority voting to cut its funding.

Thursday's vote on the largely Jewish campus ''was one of the best turnouts we've had,'' said Matthew Brooks, a member of the allocations board that had granted The Watch $10,500 in student funds earlier this year.

About 55 percent of the 1,100 voters favored cutting the funds of the paper, touted as a left-leaning journal of opinion.

The vote was sparked by two articles in an October issue that denounced what the writers described as Israeli militancy, in a tone that many students called anti-Semitic. One article was reprinted from the Socialist weekly Workers' World and the other was written by an off-campus group called People's Anti-War Mobilization.

''I suspect a lot of people who voted did not have the facts straight,'' said Emily Rothchild, a member of the collective that runs the newspaper.

''They were shown a few outakes and a few photos and told, 'Don't you want to vote against this horrible paper?''' she said. ''That's an unfair way to judge a newspaper. Every paper comes out with a bad issue once in a while.''

The Collective apologized for the articles, but about 450 students signed a petition in October putting to a proposal to cut funding to a vote.

''It's not a victory yet,'' warned senior Adam C. Gordon, who campaigned against the paper. The proposal goes to the student Senate on Sunday, where it needs a two-thirds majority to pass.

Neither side would predict the outcome, but Brooks said the journal could apply for funds as a campus club rather than a newspaper if the vote goes against The Watch.

''We would have to restrict printing a great deal if we come under the club category,'' Ms. Rothchild said.