A look into the history of The Hoot

Not many individuals beyond the staff of The Brandeis Hoot really know its history, starting with its conception in 2004. We thought we would give the entire Brandeis community an in-depth look into our founding story and history. The current editorial board of The Hoot reached out to Hoot alumni from as far back as 14 years ago, along with countless generations of members who helped form The Hoot’s identity, in order to create this timeline.

Beginnings and Rapid Expansion (2005-2008)

Dec. 5, 2004 – The Brandeis Hoot officially chartered by the Student Union

  • Founders: Igor Pedan ’05, M.A. ’06, Daniel Silverman ‘05 and Leslie Pazan ‘05

Jan. 2005 – Dec. 2005, EIC: Igor Pedan ’05

Dec. 2005 – Jan. 2007, EIC: Heather Zajdel ’07

Jan. 2007 – May 2007, EICs: Andy Meyers ’08, Lauren Stein ’08

  • Eileen McNamara to teach full-time
  • “She [McNamara] also praised the twin newspapers on the Brandeis campus: ‘The Hoot is the best thing that ever happened to The Justice on the Brandeis campus, and I say that with great respect to the editors of the Justice down the years. Good journalism thrives on competition. We need more of it. We have less of it. We need to mount something like a revolution to reverse the trend of corporate consolidation of the media. Information is not only power; it is empowering and that is as important on a college campus as it is in Washington.’”
  • Jimmy Carter v Alan Dershowitz controversy
  • Carter and Dershowitz Speak to Audiences

Sept. 2007- May 2008, EICs: Andy Meyers ’08, Pat Garofalo ’08

Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2008 EICs: Sri Kuehnlenz ’09, Kathleen Fischman ’09

The Era of Scrutiny (2005-2008)

Jan. 2009 – Oct. 2009, EIC: Alison Channon ’10

Oct. 2009 – Dec. 2010, EIC: Ariel Wittenberg ’11

Jan. 2011- Dec. 2011, EIC: Alex Schneider ’12

Jan. 2012 – May 2013, EIC: Jon Ostrowsky ’13

May 2013 – May 2014, EIC: Emily Stott ’14

  • Todashev, questioned in Waltham murders, shot by FBI”
  • “Students’ outcry prompts Brandeis to reconsider award

May 2014 – May 2015, EIC: Dana Trismen ’15

  • Rape crisis center to be implemented in near future”
  • “Suspension of Al-Quds partnership still a source of controversy
  • “Students hold sit-in, promote reinstatement of Al-Quds partnership
  • The Hoot receives “New England College Newspaper of the Year, Honorable Mention”
    • May 1, 2014

Activism and Further Investigation (2015 – Present)

Jan. 2015- Dec. 2015, EIC: Andrew Elmers ’16

  • Over this year, we created a new website (brandeishoot.com)
  • Ford Hall 2015
  • Demand for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies program

May 2015- May 2016, EIC: Theresa Gaffney ’16

  • Hoot editorial supporting Ford Hall students
  • April 2016: The Hoot opted to respect survivors at Take Back the Night (TBTN) by promising to not record testimonies or take photos without explicit permission. The Justice had made an editorial statement that they would be doing those things, which we acknowledged they had a right to, but students made it clear that wasn’t what they wanted. Further proof we’re a paper of the community.
  • April 2016: Professor Powers rejects univ. exploitation (on her being demoted and quitting; the diminishment of the American Studies program and unfair treatment of adjuncts)
  • May 2016: end of year survey about the way students think of campus publications

Jan. 2016 – May 2017, EIC: Julie Landy ’17

  • March 3, 2017: Anonymous op about free speech and violence
  • Julie Landy’s response

May 2016 – May 2017, EIC: Mia Edelstein ’17

  • Hoot-SPAN Facebook livestream of Student Union meetings and election debates
  • Conversations with Sheryl Sousa, V.P. for Student Affairs and Justice editors about Rights and Responsibilities as it pertains to student journalists
  • Petition circulates to make Brandeis a sanctuary campus

May 2017 – May 2018, EICs: Hannah Schuster ’18, Emily Sorkin Smith ’18

May 2018 – May 2019, EIC’s: Sarah Terrazano ’19, Abigail Gardener ’19

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